the event was again held as planned, commencing at mid-day.
This was the year of the Queen’s Jubilee.
An overcast day greeted the
large gathering of people to the hill from all over the world.
There was a very excited atmosphere as mid-day approached and the crowd began to chant 'Roll the cheese!'
As usual, competitors ran, tumbled, rolled and slid down after the cheeses in the 4 down-hill races.
Recent rain had softened the ground but the going was still very fast!
Pub landlord Craig Brown,
winner in the first race, fell badly in the second, somersaulting down the hill
and suffering head injuries, which needed hospital treatment. He received 20 stitches
in his head wound.
After BBC's Midlands Today programme showed him
a video of his fall, he decided that he'd chased his last cheese. Craig said of
the video: "I didn't like that at all and I don't think I'll be doing it
'Young Farmers' and rugby players were among the experts acting as 'catchers' for the runners who were unable to stop!
There were casualties of course, but every competitor has the opportunity to assess the danger and is responsible for his / her own actions.
We are very grateful to both S.A.R.A.I.D. (Search and Rescue Aid in Disaster) and St. John Ambulance for helping the injured.
We also have to thank 'Regent Security' who provide the marshals.
St.John's Ambulance were kept busy treating the injured.
SARAID were, of course hard at work,
without their help the event could not be held!
Please visit the SARAID web site for more information on the organisation and its works, here you can also make a donation to assist their efforts
(Photos © J.J.)
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