But the event went ahead anyway despite notices of cancellation and police presence!
On Monday 31st May, the
day dawned cool and bright but overcast with high cloud, ideal conditions for a
good day out at Cooper's Hill.
The press filled time by interviewing prospective competitors and spectators.
The man in the centre of the picture, in the red & white helmet, is in fact a doctor, soon to be married, his friends? had organised a trip to the Cheese Rolling as a "Stag" event, his fiancÚ knew nothing of this, until after, that is!
The sides of the hill lacked the usual fencing and crowds.
By 11:30 a few spectators begun to arrive at the foot of the
Chris Anderson (on the left) was spotted making his way to the top of the hill
The gathering group of prospective runners enthusiastically discussed tactics and enjoyed pre-run refreshments.
A pair of bicycles were seen being pushed and carried up the
lower slopes of the hill.
Meanwhile, right on the crest of the mighty hill, there was time to ponder on the terrific run to the bottom.
You can only imaging their thoughts as
they survey the view from the top.
A couple of lads try out the slope for themselves, maybe in the future they will participate in the races.
Will he be arrested? - But what for? - Anyone brave enough can run down this hill, it's public land (Common Land).
Chris Anderson discusses the event with an eager group of fans, before giving a near perfect demonstration of how to run down this precipitous slope, completing the run with an expertly preformed "barrel roll" to arrest his run before reaching the fencing at the foot of the hill.
At three minutes to Midday a delegated Master Of Ceremony,
Paul Burrows, is
seen to start to marshal the runners for the first race.
Two minutes to the off and Chris Anderson signals to the volunteers
at the foot of the slope to clear the area ready for the start.
A cheese (Smaller than usual, but correctly dressed) is produced and rolled by John Anderson Jnr.
The racing at Cooper's Hill has started, right on time!
The first three are off to a good start and are neck and neck with Chris in the middle.
First to fall is the guy in the orange shirt, that's going to cost him some time!
Chris, to the extreme left of the picture, takes the lead, sure footed, still standing (the only one) and at really amazing speed.
This guy's about to discover the steepest part of the whole
slope, just two paces ahead!
There's Chris Anderson in green and black, unbelievably still on his feet!
The winner of the first race is Chris
Chris has been the star of many interviews over the years, but still gives his time and thoughts on the event.
This year, Chris really is the star of
the event as it was he and his father, John Anderson Snr. who organised the
And now, in preparation for race two, we have the arrival of
the first costumed participants.
The volunteer catchers, including
Angelo Frasca, (Other names please?) are ready to arrest the runners and
avoid contact with the fencing.
Chris, ever vigilant, makes sure the slope has been safely cleared before the start of race two.
The competitors are getting into position for the start, no turning back now.
The Cheese for the second race is rolled by Chris Anderson himself.
And here's the Cheese, smaller, but looking just like the
official one, real attention to detail.
Oops, two down! Now, there's a brave guy just in shorts, does he know the slope has not been cleared of vegetation?
He's doing well though!
Remember these two? Together at the start and the finish!
The Second Race was won by Ryan Fairley, with Arron Harris in second place.
And so to Race Three! traditionally the Ladies Race!
Jamie Lee prepares to launch the cheese for the women's race.
Looks more like he's going to throw it, is he afraid the
ladies will catch it on the way down?
They're off! - Just two, Tanya Silverman & Sophie Bace, but it's going to be a close race!
Oops! Difficult time to lose the top! - Just look at her hair and imagine the speed she's doing.
Now that's real flair! Adjusting your dress while on the run! Will she win?
Tanya's well in the lead now!
Heading straight for the photographers, what a star performer!.
The winner was Tanya Silverman, well done!. Second place went to Sophie Bace.
But, with the excitement of winning, has she forgotten something?
How many times have you been up and down the slope today
The cheese for Race 4 was also rolled by Jamie Lee
The Fourth race was won by Chris Anderson, he makes it look so easy!
After the last a few intrepid spectators experience the slope
for themselves, very carefully!
And now the event is over for this year.
A great day, well organised and executed, well done!
Chris Anderson, having hurt his ankle,
was the only injury of the 2010 Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill.
Before the event (Sunday 30th May 2010) in pictures:
(In anticipation of an unofficial event)
Signs say the event is
cancelled - Well, that was the "Official" event!
In the past, in recent years (1998 and 2001), when the cheese
rolling had to be cancelled (due to safety concerns in 1998 and due to an
outbreak of "Foot & Mouth" disease in farm animals in 2001), a
single cheese was rolled by the committee to "maintain the
The event was organised by Chris Anderson together with his dad John Anderson Snr.
Master of Ceremonies was Paul Burrows.
The rollers were:
Race 1 - John Anderson Jnr.
Race 2 - Chris Anderson.
Race 3 (The Women's Race) - Jamie Lee.
Race 4 - Jamie Lee.
Winners of the races were:
Congratulations Chris, John and all your willing helpers.
Thank you for a great traditional day out!
event really is in your blood Chris,
You really did the Cheese Rolling proud!
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