Is A Great Success As Rebels Tackle The Cheese Rolling
cheese rollers defied the weather to take part in a traditional race
down a steep hill to catch a 8lb Double Gloucester.
thrill seekers staged their own event after the world-famous
Cheese Rolling was cancelled for a second year running.
race had been advertised on social networking sites, with a page set up on
Facebook and people posting messages on Twitter.
was a large police presence at entrances to Cooper's Hill, at Brockworth,
near Gloucester, but the event went ahead.
bizarre annual event attracts participants, spectators and media from across
hundred spectators braved the fog and rain to watch around a dozen
daredevils pursue the Double Gloucester 200 yards down the steep - 1:2
gradient - slope.
slip, somersault and tumble their way to the bottom in spectacular fashion
during the bone-crunching races - and the first person to grab the cheese
from Brockworth RFC form a line at the finish line to safely stop the
11:35 Chris Anderson made a demonstration run down the hill, showing his
skill at remaining on his feet for pretty much the whole descent! - Here he
is returning up the hill, clearing the remaining debris and organising
spectators to ensure a safe event.
year champion local cheese roller, Chris Anderson, 23, won all three adult
12:00, on May 30th, the 2011 Cheese Rolling commences with the first men's race...
is leading the field by a long way with a backward somersault in the first
for the Mens Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 1
faces the gathered press after winning the first race...
winning the first race, Mr. Anderson, from Brockworth, Gloucester, said:
'That's the biggest fall I've ever had, ever.
far too much speed up and had a big fall.'
Anderson recovered from his tumble to win the further two adult men races
and walk away with three Double Gloucester cheeses.
way ahead again in the second race, the cheese is at the bottom of the
and after winning the second race...
is Chris with, in the green T shirt, a competitor who took second place, and
came all the way from Sweden, just for the one race!
for the Mens Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 2
place in the second race went to Ryan Fairley)
ladies prepare at the top of the hill for the women's race...
past half way down and looking very determined...
Jo Guest, from Wolverhampton, came out on top in the women's race.
for the Women's
Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 3
Guest, 14, left, from Wolverhampton, holds her prize after winning the
the third men's race...
again, way ahead of the nearest competition, it's Chris...
for the Mens Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 4
Chris has all three cheeses from the men's races.
after the event, asked how he was feeling, Mr. Anderson, who is planning to
join the Army and might not be back next year to defend his crown, said:
'Amazing, brilliant. First time I've won all three'.
knackered now and cold and wet.'
first was the worst, I took a real tumble on the first race. I had a £5 bet
to win all three.'
Anderson, who is a civilian MoD worker, said that this year's unofficial
event passed off without any injuries.
to the cancellation of the official event Chris Anderson said 'It's better
with the official because you have got ambulance cover, but this is what it
is all about, you have got all the locals here'.
a Brockworth tradition and it's keeping it going for the people of
to win, it's in my blood.'
year, there were no reported injuries!
children's uphill race...
are all off to a good start.
field begins to spread out...
in the lead now...
there... (and disappearing into the mist and low cloud!)
you name the winner?
of the 2011 Cheese Rolling At Cooper's Hill In Slow Motion By Gloucester
Video of the 2011 Cheese Rolling At Cooper's hill
Cheese Rolling Championships - Gloucester 2011 -
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tradition of cheese rolling at Cooper's Hill continues unbroken by recent
Anderson with Josh carrying his three cheeses - Will Josh be a future
so, the event over for another year, everyone returns home with their
memories of an excellent but rather wet day at the Cheese Rolling at
Looks like this pair were competitors.
annual cheese rolling event, usually held in Brockworth, Gloucestershire,
on the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May, is known for commonly
causing injuries to those taking part, with sprains and broken bones
2009, the injury toll of 18 was described as 'low' by St John Ambulance.
Ten of the wounded were spectators.
unusual event has been celebrated for centuries and is thought to have its
roots in a heathen festival to celebrate the return of spring.
last time the official cheese rolling was staged was in 2009, when
spectators packed the site and surrounding area.
venue was designed to cope with just 5,000, so last year's event was called
off over health and safety and traffic congestion fears.
this year a plan was hatched to move the date of the racing to June and to
make it a two-day festival.
plans were scrapped - meaning it was cancelled for the second year running -
over the 'threats and abuse' after it was revealed that people would be
charged up to £20 to attend.
group behind the event at Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire said they had
been abused by angry cheese runners who accuse them of profiteering.
event, usually held in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, on the Spring Bank
Holiday at the end of May, is known for commonly causing injuries to those
taking part, with sprains and broken bones common.
2009, the injury toll of 18 was described as 'low' by St John Ambulance. Ten
of the wounded were spectators.
cheese-chasers were taken to hospital for treatment - two with suspected
spinal injuries and one with a dislocated shoulder. The rest had cuts and
people fainted just watching the event and four other spectators suffered
minor injuries. One of those had fallen out of a tree and was taken slowly
down the 100ft slope on a spinal board.
Sunday 29th May 2011
some months, there has been much speculation in the local
elsewhere, of another impromptu event on the Late Spring
Bank Holiday Monday (Monday May 30th.), at Cooper's Hill, similar to the 'unofficial' one organised last year
Coopers Hill Local Nature Reserve is well worth a
visit especially in the springtime.
At the top, and again at the bottom
of the famous hill, sturdy picket fencing has been erected...
...to prevent access to and erosion
of the hill.
and facts prior to the successful Cheese Rolling on 30th May 2011......
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.
Cheese Rolling at Cooper's
Hill, 2011 and into the future....
Currently there is no information as to whether and
Rolling Events at Cooper's Hill will be staged.
In recent years the event was held on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday (The last
Monday in May) in 2011 this is the 30th May.
for a new, official, ticket only, 2011 Cheese Rolling Festival at Cooper's Hill,
planned for June have been scrapped.
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Facts 2011 - The Complete Story
- The Last Official Event
Organization of the event up to the disbanding of the organizing committee of
the Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill the Spring of 2011
the 2009 Police report that an estimated 15,000 people were trying to
get to the event, it was clear that things would have to change.
is estimated that the hill can only accommodate about 5000 & a report for
the HSE confirmed this was the estimated number attending at Cooper's hill.
2009 a report was prepared for the Health &
Safety Executive by Professor Chris Kemp Teresa Moore of the
Buckinghamshire New University entitled "A Review of the management of crowd
safety at outdoor street/special events" containing
a study of the organization and running of the Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's
This report praised the organisation of the Cheese Rolling at Coopers Hill.
Special mention was made, regarding the important advice given to the public at
in general by this web site (www.cheese-rolling.co.uk), information that was not
made available in concise form elsewhere, specifically relating to the unique
circumstances surrounding this event and the location at Cooper's Hill.
report confirmed that the estimated number of people attending the event was
5000, the hill being full to capacity.
The organisation and events prior and leading to
the final cancellation in 2011.
Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake’ has always been organized and run
by a group of volunteers, most of whom live on the Hill.
Their tasks have
the slope (cutting back new growth, removing hazards etc.) over several
fencing (orange sheep-fencing for crowd safety and ‘Heras’ fencing to
protect properties) and erecting it all
St. John Ambulance personnel (whose services are absolutely essential for
with SARAID (the rescue team necessary for retrieving casualties from the
a security company (to act as marshals for public safety)
insurance (for ‘Public Liability’, not runners)
and printing certificates and programmes
and managing car-parking (until very recently providing the only income)
countless TV, video and radio interviews
latter years, providing Media Passes (another help for the income and to
control the huge numbers who want access both to organizers through the
preceding week and to priority ‘spots’ on the slope on the day)
and manning a PA system
a group of volunteer ‘catchers’ (to catch runners at the foot of the
After 2009, the small group of volunteers, who
formed the organizing committee, was faced with various demands from the
insurance company, police and local authorities.
insurance company required a ‘defined area’ for the attending public
to validate any insurance.
local authority and police required a traffic and parking plan, to control
the number of vehicles arriving.
Authorities concern over the increasing numbers of visitors.
‘Public Liability’ cover:
public viewing area was ‘a disaster waiting to happen’! There would
have to be a ‘defined, fenced area’ which would control the number of
people on the hill
huge amount of fencing would be needed, and professionally erected
would have to be designated entrances to enable the numbers to be
controlled, so the event
would have to become ‘ticketed’
local authority and police required a ‘Traffic Plan’ involving road
closures and traffic control
local authorities expressed their concern about the safety of the huge crowds
that were attending
were held with all interested parties to try to find a way forward but
unfortunately there was not time to sort things out for 2010, so the official
event for that year was cancelled.
it was decided that professional help was needed. Until then, the only income
had been from the £5-per-car car park, and more recently media pass charges,
and what was now needed was going to cost a great deal more.
‘Events Management’ company was consulted
‘Marketing’ company was also called upon to help raise sponsorship.
local authority was asked to draw up a ‘Traffic Plan’
number of people coming had to be controlled, and so it was proposed that the
event should be spread over a whole week-end, with the traditional races being
held on Saturday morning and afternoon, and again on Sunday. This would mean
possibly 20 races in all.
‘defined’ area and entrances required would need a huge amount of fencing
and marshalling, so it would also be necessary to make it a ‘ticketed’
event, with tickets available in advance.
would be provided for parking.
It was proposed
to change the date of the event from the ‘Spring Bank Holiday’ to the
original Whitsun weekend. This could have reduced costs of policing and any
other manpower, by avoiding the Bank Holiday.
were for over-night camping, a mini ‘folk’ style festival, activities for
children and a revival of some of the ancient ‘Wake’ activities.
There would be
catering facilities provided as well as stalls and other attractions.
All this would
help towards the enormous costs now involved.
had been promised, from local businesses as well as National Companies.
following public consultation, the volunteers were suddenly faced with local
opposition to the plans.
were unhappy with what had been suggested and strongly opposed the camping as
well as the mini-festival and the catering plans.
‘scaled-down’ event was proposed; no camping, no mini-festival and no
As a result,
there would have to be a charge of £20 for each person attending, although
children would be free. It was also hoped that a number of free tickets would
be available for local people.
outcry that followed was understandable. An event that local people had been
coming to for generations was now going to be out of reach for many.
threats and abuse towards the volunteer organizers, who really weren’t happy
to make any charge.
So sadly, and
with very great regret, the people who had worked for so many years to keep
the ‘Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake’ going decided to withdraw
from the organization of the ancient event and are no longer involved.
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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.
She is the only person in Gloucestershire now
making Double Gloucester cheeses by hand, using traditional methods.
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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.
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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
The 'Cheese Rolling and Wake' was
also moved to that day.
Notice on the hill.