2009

2009 Video Clips

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 is concave, and hence cannot be seen from this point.

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)

The Youngest Competitor?


..... and the oldest? - We have had this in an email from Leeann;

Does anyone have pictures of Chaz in the race please? (WM)

"My father-in-law Charlie Turner raced after the cheese with my husband Chaz this year to my amazement. He flew down (came down within first 5 finishers of his race) and is 62yrs old!!!!! Do you know of anyone this year(2009) or any other year who ran and was older than this?....what a family of nutters I've married into!"
"We had friends come from all over the country to watch the event, most watched from the safety of the lower field with the kids and a picnic while 3 others ran in unofficial race 5 (2 of who had pink wigs). Despite a few scratches, bumps and bruises (Chaz's were mainly to his ego as his dad got down faster than he did!) We all had a great day and will be back next year"

RACE RESULTS 25th MAY 2009 EVENTS
Race results will be updated as soon as possible after the winners are verified.

DOWNHILL RACES

RACE 1 12:07 Prize Cheese Rolled By: Dipak Solanki 

 

 

 

 

 

1st.

The Cheese

Chris Anderson - Brockworth, Gloucestershire. UK.

Chris Anderson

Now Starring In The New Exclusive Music Video 'Can You Give It'

  2nd. 10.00 Aaron Harris - Brockworth Gloucestershire UK.
  3rd. 5.00 Paul Gallagher - Donegal, Ireland.
    Pity this competitor, who ran the first race in just a loin cloth and who was later seen making his way home wrapped in just a silver emergency blanket as someone had stolen his clothes while was competing!

 

RACE 2 12:21 Prize Cheese to be Rolled By: Brett Morris

1st.

 

Scott Bevan - Usk Monmouth Gwent UK

 

It's only a scratch!

 

  2nd. 10.00 Sean Conway - Zimbabwe.
  3rd. 5.00 Alan Morris - Cheltenham Gloucestershire. UK.

    St John Ambulance check a competitor for possible concussion, he is then placed gently onto a Spinal Board and removed to the first aid compound for further attention to his injuries.

 

RACE 3
(LADIES RACE)
13:09 Prize Cheese to be Rolled By: Kate McTiffin (local resident)

 

1st.

The Cheese

Michelle Kokiri - Gisbon, New Zealand.

 

Worldwide Media interviews follow the races

YouTube Video from Failorama

  2nd. 10.00 Claire Arnold - Sydney, Australia.
  3rd. 5.00 Tina Chase - Palmerston, South New Zealand.

    A competitor is treated for a possible dislocated shoulder at the bottom of the hill, before being stretchered off to the St John First Aid facilities.

 

RACE 4 13:57 Prize Cheese to be Rolled By: David Jones

1st.

The Cheese

Chris Anderson - Brockworth, Gloucestershire. UK

Now Starring In The New Exclusive Music Video 'Can You Give It'

Chris has announced after winning his second cheese at the event this year, that he is retiring from the competition

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but..... is it really the end for Chris?
He has emailed us....

Hi its Chris Anderson. just wanted to say thanks for last Monday and it was a great day. I'm not supposed to be running next year but we will see if temptation gets the better of me. if you would like any help setting up next year just contact me! 

Many thanks Chris Anderson.

Your help would be most welcome Chris!

  2nd. 10.00 Aaron Harris - Brockworth, Gloucestershire. UK.
  3rd. 5.00 Jean Lopes - Brazil.

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 14:24 Prize Cheese to be Rolled By: Nigel Thomas (local resident, Committee Member)

1st.

The Cheese

Josh Geitz - Brisbane, Australia.

 

 

 

2nd. 10.00 Nicky Wood - Hurriford. UK.
  3rd. 5.00 Chris Hocking - Perth Australia.
The Catchers      

 

    The unsung heroes of the event are surely the catchers, they are rugby players who volunteer to try to stop the runners at the bottom of the hill, to ensure they do not injure themselves by running into the press compound or safety barriers.

Sometimes this seems to have it's own rewards.....

..... sometimes you have to choose which one to catch

..... and which one you have to let go!
(Pity the girl in the orange suit)

 

    ..... Sometimes the competitors see intent on avoiding the catchers and testing out the straw bale wall as a catcher - but even straw bales are not that soft when approached at full speed.

..... he evaded all 5 of the catchers!

 

    ..... Sometimes catching can be a very delicate task!
    ..... but it's not all fun and games at the foot of the hill, this year four of the catchers were injured.

Remember, they are all unpaid volunteers!

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 12:11    

1st. The Cheese Jason Baugh.

  2nd. 5.00 Max McDougl.
  3rd. 5.00 Jamie License.

 

Girls under 12 yrs 12:38    

 

1st. The Cheese Maddie Morris - Cooper's Hill, Gloucestershire UK.

  2nd. 5.00 Sophie Thomas.
  3rd. 5.00 Allie Jones.

 

Mens 13:21    

 

1st. The Cheese Toby Payton - New Zealand.

  2nd. 10.00 Jonathan Gould - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire UK.
  3rd. 5.00 Tom Richardson - Gloucester, Gloucestershire UK.

 

S.A.R.A.I.D Rescue 13:43    

    S.A.R.A.I.D

S.A.R.A.I.D. are present at the cheese-Rolling each year, their expertise in casualty rescue in difficult situations is an essential part of the safety cover for the event.

They can be seen posted at strategic positions on the slopes of the hill. Their task is to recover casualties from the slopes of the hill and deliver them safely to the care of the St John Ambulance staff at the lower part of the slopes for medical attention.

This year their arrival was delayed by traffic congestion on the approaches to Cooper's Hill, they arrived just in time and the start of the event was delayed only a few minutes. Without their attendance the event could not commence.

Their services were called upon just before the start of the Ladies Uphill Race. A spectator had fallen out of a tree and due to the extent of his injuries it was necessary to halt the Cheese-Rolling whilst members of the S.A.R.A.I.D. team recovered the casualty down the whole length of the Cheese roll.
The casualty was immobilised and placed on a recovery stretcher, then carefully lowered down the course, then taken to the St John First Aid Facilities at the foot of the hill.

Our thanks extend to all members of S.A.R.A.I.D. for their services and care for all.

When recovery was completed and the hill clear, there was a moment of spontaneous relief when a "cow" was spotted running sure footed down the hill.

The Cheese-Rolling restarted at 14:12 with the Ladies Uphill Race.

 

Ladies 14:12    

 

1st. The Cheese Jessica Ledger - Australia.

  2nd. 10.00 Angela Jones - Brecon.
  3rd. 5.00 Rosie Darien-Jones - Stroud, Gloucestershire. UK.

 

 

The Injuries     The Final Tally

    The 2009 races saw 58 casualties, 11 people were taken to hospital in ambulances, at one time there was a short delay to the competition as all three St John Ambulances were off site.

An ambulance from Great Western Ambulance Service attended for part of the event to assist.

Thirty five of the injured were competitors, four were catchers at the bottom of the hill and nineteen were spectators.

Their injuries included two spinal and a dislocated shoulder.

One member of the crowd fell out of a tree while trying to gain a better vantage point caused the final two runs of the day to be delayed.

NB: More pictures are being added daily, please check back for new additions to the site.
Pictures (In High Resolution) are available to purchase.

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

Race No. Scheduled Start Time Actual Start Time 1st Prize Cheese Rolled By
RACE 1 12:00 12:07 The Cheese Cheese was Rolled By: Dipak Solanki

RACE 2 12:20 12:21 The Cheese Cheese was Rolled By: Brett Morris

RACE 3
(LADIES RACE)
12:40 13:09 The Cheese Cheese was Rolled By: Kate McTiffin 
(local resident)

RACE 4 13:00 13:57 The Cheese Cheese was Rolled By: David Jones

RACE 5 13:20 14:24 The Cheese Cheese was Rolled By: Nigel Thomas 
(local resident, Committee Member)
 Assisted by his young son.

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.

Now that the 2009 event is over, planning has already started for the next cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill, which will be in 2010.
Volunteers are already putting in their names for the event.

The first race of the 2010 event starts in:   

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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 Car Park with its lush, newly mown, spring grass and magnificent views over the Severn valley to the Malvern's and the Welsh mountains, makes an ideal place to rest and enjoy the surroundings.
Why not beat the crowds by arriving early to have your breakfast before the event and after the event, take time to enjoy your refreshments while the car park clears a little.  

Leeann wrote
We had friends come from all over the country to watch the event, most watched from the safety of the lower field with the kids and a picnic, 
while 3 others ran in unofficial race 5 (2 of who had pink wigs).
 
Despite a few scratches, bumps and bruises  We all had a great day and will be back next year.

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


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.
She 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!


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

 A total of 93 Penalty Charge Notices were issued on the 25th May 2009 in the vicinity of the cheese rolling event by Tewkesbury Borough council for parking offences. 
PCNs are charged at 70, however if payment is received within 14 days of issue, the charge is reduced by 50% to 35.

BBC Local Weather Forecast for Gloucester including Coopers Hill

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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.

Notice on the hill.

 
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