2008

2008 Video Clips

The 2008 Event Results & Report

The 2008 Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill Gloucester was held on Spring Bank Holiday Monday. 
The program of events commenced promptly at 12:00 Noon

A view from the top of Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire, where the famous Cheese-Rolling takes place. This picture is taken from the start point of the race, and the finish is visible below. The actual running surface of the hill is concave, and hence cannot be seen from this point. The incline is 1 in 1 in places!

A view from the top of Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire, where the famous Cheese-Rolling takes place.
This picture is taken from the start point of the race, and the finish is visible below. The actual running surface of the hill is concave, and hence cannot be seen from this point. The incline is 1 in 1 in places!

If you have pictures, or experiences of the day that you would like to share,  please email them to the webmaster for publication on the web site.

Spectators gather at the edge of the top of the Hill

Spectators gather at the edge of the top of the Hill - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk)

RACE RESULTS 26th MAY 2008 EVENTS
Race results will be updated as soon as possible after the winners are verified.

GUEST ROLLERS
Our thanks to the guests invited to roll cheeses for the down-hill races who were:

RACE 1 12.00 - One cheese rolled by Tony Hanks (Local Postman)
RACE 2 12.20 - One cheese rolled by Keith Morris (Treasurer)
RACE 3 (Ladies' Race) 12.40 - One cheese (Ladies' Race) rolled by Pat Wakeman
RACE 4 13.00 - One cheese rolled by David Field
RACE 5 13.20 - One cheese rolled by Graham Craigie (SARAID)

 

DOWNHILL CHEESE ROLLING RACES

RACE 1

12:00

Prize

Cheese Rolled By: Tony Hanks (Local Postman, delivering the first cheese)

1st.

The Cheese

Christopher Anderson (Brockworth, Gloucester)

Chris Anderson - Brockworth


Chris Anderson - Brockworth
(Pictured in 2007)


(Was first in Race 2 in 2005)
(Was first in Race 5 in 2007)


Christopher Anderson, 20, was stretchered off 
wearing a neck brace on a spinal board after hurting 
his back as he finished head over heels.

"My Cousin Chris Anderson Won The 1st Race this year and to put everyone right, he is 20" 
"As he flew to the bottom his mother, my sister and myself jumped the sideline to meet him at the bottom. We tumbled down to make sure he was Ok as he lay unconscious. 
We are all very proud of Chris, this is the 4th Cheese he has won Year after Year."

Naomi Anderson, Gloucester

Christopher, did not require hospital treatment and is nursing cuts and bruises..

He returned to the event after receiving a check-up by paramedics, watching in heavy rain and strong winds from the sidelines for the fifth and last race. 

His friend Shane Beard, 19, came second in the race. 

2nd.

10.00

Shane Beard (Brockworth Gloucester)

 

3rd.

5.00

Alan Morris

 

RACE 2

12:20

Prize

Cheese Rolled By: Keith Morris (Treasurer)

1st.

The Cheese

Peter Mackenzie-Shaw (Hereford)

 

2nd.

10.00

Ryan Fairley

 

3rd.

5.00

Chris Rampton

Mark Cooper gets a special mention for an excellent picture

Mark is on the right of the picture (Under the Cheese!)
4th.   Last year I was forced to take part in an unofficial event as I came to late. (Finishing 3rd in 2007)

This year I was in the 2nd race of day, sadly I only managed to come home in 4th place. The reason of my email is to say thank you to the organisers and the St John Ambulance at the event. As after I had walked off the hill to rejoin my friends who had been having a great time watching myself and other people fall head over heels all day long, I noticed that I had quite a big hole in my knee.

He spent 4 days in Gloucester Royal Hospital
    I spent the next 2 and half hours with the St John Ambulance medics where they patched me up before helping me to Gloucester Royal Hospital, where sadly I spent the next 4 days having 2 operations under general anesthetic to have the wound in my knee cleaned out of mud and stitched back up.
Even though I had this time in hospital, I WILL be back next year to win that cheese.

Mark Cooper
Birmingham

 

RACE 3
(LADIES RACE)
12:40 Prize

Cheese Rolled By: Pat Wakeman

1st.

The Cheese

Flo Early (Sheepscombe, GLOS)

"Next year I want to take on the boys."

  2nd. 10.00 Carly Johnston
  3rd. 5.00 Blythe Jopling

 

RACE 4 13:00 Prize

Cheese Rolled By: David Field

1st.

The Cheese

Craig Fairley (Brockworth, Gloucester)

 

  2nd. 10.00 Ben Tippett
  3rd. 5.00 Jamie Lee

    TV's Rory McGrath came last, comedian and actor Paddy McGuinness came second last.



After taking several tumbles, McGrath, 52, who lives in the Cotswolds, said: "I think my low centre of gravity counted against me." 

Introduced in 2006, due to enormous demand and due to the increase in competitor numbers, this year we will again an additional race - Race 5! 

RACE 5 13:20 Prize Cheese Rolled By:  Graham Craigie (SARAID)
  1st.

The Cheese

Wade Sansom (Australia)
2nd. 10.00 Jon Spriggs (Australia)
  3rd. 5.00 Hugo May

Jean Jefferies, author and illustrator of: 
Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire - The Paperback
Jean Jefferies (and Melissa), Jean is the Author and Illustrator of the paperback book "Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire, chronicling the event from ancient history to the present day. - Amanda Groves
Personally signed and dedicated copies are available at the event & interviews may be arranged.

Lost Property
A Camcorder was found at the bottom of the hill, near to the Commentary / Press Compound, rather wet and muddy, but now drying out.
If you have lost a Camcorder please email us by clicking this link (Identification will be required).

Competitor & Spectator Comments

Dear Committee

I wish to express my thanks for a great Cheese Rolling event yesterday.

I was luckily enough to participate in one of the fun runs and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I wanted to express my thanks to the Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling Committee for putting together an excellent and unique event. While I hate to single anyone out, I think the two gentlemen that controlled the gate and counted race participants on to the top of the hill deserve special thanks. They did an excellent job in tough conditions and displayed great humour throughout.

Although I participated in a fun run, I did get to the hill early and was caught up in the mass of people that got caught up near the gate at the top of the hill. I very nearly got to participate in one of the formal races but - the weather being what it was - slipped in the mud, lost my footing and had to go to the back again!

Thank you again and long may the tradition continue!

Yours sincerely

John Lavabre

Hi

I would like to say that I attended the Cheese Rolling this year for the first time and absolutely loved it! 
Despite having some very big scrapes all over my legs and arms, I will definitely be back next year.

Before the event, I used your website to find information about the cheese rolling. 

Thank you

Scott


Hello,

I attach a couple of pictures from our squid themed visit to the cheese rolling, in case you want them for your site. It was our joint stag and hen do (Mandate: attend most surreal event possible dressed as a squid) . You and the St John's Ambulance people deserve great thanks for putting on a brilliant and good natured event, in spite of the weather, and I hope we will be back!

Best wishes,

Lucy

 

Please note all times are approximate and depend on circumstances on the day
UP-HILL RACES (These are run between the downhill races)

Boys Under 12 yrs   Up-Hill Race  

1st. The Cheese Charlie Read from Hillesley, GLOS
  2nd. 5.00 Nick Morris from Cooper's Hill (he was first last year)
  3rd. 5.00 Luke Chappell from Hawkesbury Glos

 

Girls Under 12 yrs   Up-Hill Race  

Members of SARAID assist one of the younger climbers, she made it all the way to the top with their assistance.

Member of SARAID taking the quick way back to his post.

1st. The Cheese Jasmine Hart from Cheltenham 
(She won it last year)
  2nd. 5.00 Flora Lonie from Haywards Heath, Sussex
  3rd. 5.00 Emma Winder 
(She was second last year)

 

Mens Open Race   Up-Hill Race  

1st. The Cheese Simon Smith from Dursley, GLOS 
(He was second last year)
  2nd. 10.00 Peter Maxwell from Bristol
  3rd. 5.00 Paul Gallagher from Donegal

 

Women's Open Race   Up-Hill Race  
1st. The Cheese Jo Singer from London
  2nd. 10.00 Lucy Singer from Oxford (Her sister)
  3rd. 5.00 Rosalie Darien-Jones from Dursley

Following heavy rain on Sunday, Monday morning arrived to find the ground on the hill had softened considerably. There was light rain from early morning, and a chill wind (15 MPH gusting to 40MPH from the North East pegged temperatures in single figures.

The first of the thousands of Spectators arrived in wet and windy conditions at the Car Park:


The two pictures above show the condition of the top entrance to the car park at 10:45am.
There has been much discussion and concern in the local media as the car park access was closed off at approximately 12:30.

Premature Car Park Closure
 The car park had to be closed at just after 12.30, with approximately 900 cars parked.
The appalling weather conditions resulted in serious deterioration of the ground leaving nowhere safe to park.
The decision was therefore taken, on the grounds of safety on the site, to close the car park long before the event had ended.

The Cheese-Rolling continued as per program & concluding at about 14:30.

It would appear from comments in the local press and elsewhere, from people who had been turned away, that they were told (allegedly by the police or other authority), that the event was over. 
This information, if indeed it was given, was not correct, the event was still running as per program in spite of the worsening weather conditions.

The last official race was due at 13:20, but due to medical emergency cover requirements, could not start until a little later (possibly 13:30 or soon after), after a casualty had received treatment.

Many, now regular, but unofficial "Fun Runs" followed the official program, so it is probable that the last runners left the slopes at as late as 14:30. 
(I do not have an exact timing on this, but would welcome confirmation from anyone taking pictures with time stamps - Webmaster).

Severe Traffic Congestion in the area on the A46, A417 and other local roads.
The premature closure of the Official Car Park caused considerable congestion due the many hopeful spectators still arriving at the now closed car park, as there was no suitable alternative.

You may well take the view that this was deliberate mis-information by the authorities in an effort to clear traffic from the area, rather than have people driving around in an effort to park elsewhere and still attend, though somewhat late.

(I personally have confirmed reports of spectators parking at Birdlip and walking to the Cheese Rolling! - Webmaster)

Further congestion on the A46 was caused by traffic avoiding an incident on the M5 Motorway between junctions 12 and 11A.

The refreshment facility halfway to the hill was irresistible to some!

Spectators take their place behind the fencing

The hill awaits the first competitors.


 
As the event started the rain became heavier and persistent and by the start of Race 5 the rain was really heavy, driving and cold!

Shane Beard, from Brockworth, one of the competitors in the First Race said: 
"The conditions were horrific, you just have to get your head down and hope for the best.

Is this a good time to reconsider?

The bottom of the hill was already muddy before the first event, 

by the end of the races it was a mud bath!

The starters compound at the top of the hill was taking the full force of the wind and rain!

The conditions were little better at the press compound at the foot of the hill, but there was shelter from the wind.

Don't they feel the cold?

Spectators were estimated at 2500, a little less than previous years, no doubt the weather forecasts of heavy rain and low temperatures will have made some reconsider attending this year.

The spectator fencing has this year been moved in a little, away from the trees and this has resulted in better viewing conditions for the public on the sides of the hill.
Spectators arriving early were assured the best viewpoints, the fences repositioned this year provided more spectator space - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk)
Great care is always needed when finding a good spot on the Hill.
Great care is always needed when finding a good spot on the Hill. - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk)
Time, before the races to meet friends and socialise.
Time, before the races to meet friends and socialise. - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk)
.... and have some nice cold iced lollies?
Iced Lollies? anyone would think its Summer! - Amanda Groves

Local runners as usual achieved placings in the days events, there were competitors from surrounding counties too.
Australia featured strongly in race 5, taking First and Second places.
Celebrities competing included
TV's Rory McGrath came last, comedian and actor Paddy McGuinness came second last.

Much entertainment was provided by a very energetic film crew who came in from Brazil just for the event.
The white suited anchor man eventually being involved in a good natured mud pie fight at the foot of the hill, before being dragged through the, by this time, deep mud. His only concern was for the safety of his Radio Microphone, so that he could continue presenting for his show.

Fewer costumed runners this year, but some made the effort:

The mouse is with the TV crew from Brazil, here just for the cheese rolling.

The "Cheesy" Spectators were there as usual.

A special mention for Lucy McCormick, who sent in the following two pictures:
"It was our joint stag and hen do" (Mandate: attend most surreal event possible dressed as a squid).
Most surreal? They have won that one then surely?

They are squids in there!

But just one question - How did they get to be so clean?

The Anchor man from Brazilian television almost stayed white until the end:




Before being dragged through the mud in some high spirited celebrations at the end of the event.
(He managed to keep his microphone clean to the very last - What a professional.)

The catchers, all volunteers are kept busy all afternoon with both the official races and the fun runs, they are there to ensure a "safe landing" for the runners most of whom need help in stopping.

Two runners were stretchered off during the official races, Christopher Anderson, 19, in the First Race and another competitor in the Fifth Race.

St. John Ambulance report that 4 people were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.
They didn't expect the injuries to be serious!
In all, St John Ambulance volunteers dealt with 19 injuries.

There were many tumblers and fallers, the lack of injury was due much in part to the soft conditions on the hill, there were of course a few bumps, bruises and grazes.

There was mud, but it was good mud, our mud!

The main casualty was the muddy clothing, no-one came down clean!

They left looking for water to shower themselves off before going home!

The car park was a testament to the conditions, with many items of discarded (very muddy) Clothing left behind after the cars had left!

Josh and Melissa however were clean to the end, how do they do it? 

Josh and Melissa however were clean to the end, how do they do it? 

The festivities concluded with many impromptu downhill "races", no prizes, but just for the glory of having run down the infamous hill. Some people were so elated by the experience, they were seen returning again to the top of the hill for another run. Among these runners, there were a few who proved to be both fast and skilful, maybe they will be back next year to compete in the main races for the cheese. Some minor injuries were received during these runs, no doubt due in part to the lack of experience of the "runners".

One runner caused concern to the spectators for a while after falling at the finish line:

St John Ambulance Brigade were present in force and were quickly at his side, he was stretchered away.


St John Ambulance play a major part in ensuring the safety of the event, providing treatment when needed to the competitors. 

St John Ambulance Brigade were present in force, with a score of Members, three ambulances and a first aid tent.
In addition to providing assistance to the runners, they also provide medical care treatment and assistance to the thousands of spectators, three fully equipped ambulances were on hand and the staff are trained and able to treat anything thing from simple scratches and bruises to broken limbs and heart attacks.

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For S.A.R.A.I.D. this was perhaps a one of their easier years, after climbing to strategic positions on the Hill they were able, for the most part, to watch the events unfold. 

They undoubtedly get the best view and first The Cheese and then the runners thunder by. The Double Gloucester cheese is estimated to reach 70 miles per hour, taking approximately 12 seconds from top to bottom!

Members of S.A.R.A.I.D. their contribution is absolutly essential to the event.

We should not forget however, that without S.A.R.A.I.D. the event could not be run, as their task in the event of an injury on the Hill, is to recover the casualty to the foot of the Hill where St John Ambulance members would be waiting to treat the injuries.

Information about S.A.R.A.I.D - Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters.

S.A.R.A.I.D is a British charity dedicated to trying to save the lives of innocent victims of disaster as well as relieving human suffering around the world regardless of colour, creed, religion and political persuasion. Staffed entirely by volunteers and funded solely by public donations, S.A.R.A.I.D is on call 365 days a year, always ready to provide trained Search and Rescue personnel, free of charge to any country in need of assistance. 

When disaster strikes, time is of the essence. It is therefore essential that the S.A.R.A.I.D. team is well trained, well equipped and able to deploy quickly to the site of any disaster around the world. By limiting the size of the Rescue team, S.A.R.A.I.D. can move swiftly to the scene of the disaster and provide a comprehensive and effective service to those in need. S.A.R.A.I.D. numbers can then be bolstered by utilising local resources, knowledge and man power to maximise our effectiveness on scene.

 For more information about S.A.R.A.I.D.
please tour the S.A.R.A.I.D. web site.

 

Sunday morning and the rain has started, temperature has fallen to 8.5 degrees Celsius!
The top of Cooper's Hill is shrouded in low cloud, the construction teams work on, the work has to be done, the hill has to be ready for Midday Monday!

 

The top of Cooper's Hill is shrouded in low cloud


Richard Jefferies, Committee Member and Commentator is interviewed by ITV west before the event.

Richard Jefferies supervises the preparations It is hard work carrying the fencing to the top of the hill Two Japanese videographers, a long way from home survey the hill for filming
Scrub and stones must be cleared from the slope by hand So much fence to errect and so little time! The hill looms, menacing and broody as viewed from the bottom
The slope of the hill is mostly 1 in 2, at the extreme left of this picture it is 1 in 1 ! The Media & Press compound have yet to be built at the foot of the hill "Gates" are constructed in the fencing to control the flow of spectators across the slope
Awaiting the arrival of materials Huge straw bales arrive for the Media & Press compound Tractors are neccessary to manover the bales into place
Richard Jefferies oversees the construction Now safety netting is added as additional protection The compound is completed, a chance for a photo, but for these young enthusiasts that will not be a good place to be at 12:00 noon tomorrow!

Huge bales of straw arrive for the construction of the Media & Press Compound. The Media & Press Compound gives a superb view of the hill, protected from the cheese and runners by the strong bale wall! The commentary box (Trailer) is ready.

With the advent of chargeable media and press passes this year, the opportunity was taken to improve the facilities for the crews. Media attending were from several countries, including Brazil Holland and Australia plus of course the local media, such is the reputation and popularity of the event.

The usual protective barrier of straw bales was built, creating the "Press Compound". Within the compound, scaffold staging was erected to provide an elevated, firm base with safety rails for the cameramen to work from. 

The reduction of the number of people having access to the press compound enabled the media to have more working room for the interviews etc.
    

    

With the arrival of Sunday evening, preparations are completed, the hill is transformed, all is now ready for the great day!

Why not bring a picnic and enjoy a whole day at the Coopers Hill Local Nature Reserve:
(Maybe enjoy some of your hard won cheese?)

The Present Master of Ceremonies Rob Seex dairy farmer of Upton-St-Leonards.

Location
(O.S. SO888147)
(N51:49:51 - W2:09:50)
(UK Postcode GL3 4SB)

There is a field, on the hill, that is set aside for parking on the day. You are asked NOT to park on the main A46 road.

BBC Local Weather Forecast for Gloucester including Coopers Hill

Latest Weather Satellite Image (Visible)     Latest Weather Satellite Image (Infra-Red)     Latest Rainfall Radar

Recent local weather conditions have been dry, with little precipitation, but during wet weather, the entrance to the car parking field can become very muddy.
 Please check here for information before arriving at the event by car, especially if the weather conditions have been poor in the week running up to the event.

Spring Weather 2008 - Latest Forecast from the UK Met Office

 

 


Since 1988, the cheeses have been hand-made by Mrs. Diana Smart of Churcham, using milk from her herd of Brown Swiss, Holstein and Gloucester cows.  
Since 1988, the cheeses have been hand-made by Mrs. Diana Smart of Churcham - She is the only person in Gloucestershire now making Double Gloucester cheeses by hand, using traditional methods.
Diana Smart of Churcham, is the only person in Gloucestershire now making Double Gloucester cheeses by hand, using traditional methods.

The Double Gloucester Cheese Explained - The Single Gloucester Cheese too!



Your Video Clips.
Please send your special Video Clips of the day to: The Webmaster Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill, wherever possible these will be included on the site.

Your Photographs.
Please send your special pictures of the day to: The Webmaster Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill, wherever possible these will be included on the site.

Your Comments and experiences of the day
What are your memories of the day? We would welcome your comments and opinions too!

A note on future events.
All the costs of running the event, providing safety equipment, insurance, the purchase of cheeses and provision of prize money comes only and exclusively from the takings of the official car park (5 per car) - that is the one up on the hill and accessed from the lane up to Cooper's Hill and the Cheese Rolling.

For those of you who used the official car park, we sincerely thank you for your contribution to the event, and hope that you had a most enjoyable day. With your continued support the event will continue, it has to, we cannot fail this tradition!
Webmaster   

 

The festival was originally held at midsummer but was moved at some time to Whitsuntide, taking place on Whit Monday.

In 1967, the Bank Holiday was moved from the Church's Whitsun Festival to become a 'Spring Bank Holiday' to be on the last Monday in May each year.

The 'Cheese Rolling and Wake' was also moved to that day.

 

The notice board on the infamous hill

Notice on the hill

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