at Cooper's Hill 2013
2013 the Cheese-Rolling At Cooper's Hill Took Place On The Late May Bank
Holiday (Monday 27th May 2013) As Usual Commencing At Midday.
The Banner Reads
"Brockworth Thanks You"
[For supporting the event
with your presence]
An estimated crowd of up to
5000 people attended this year, interest being heightened by recent press
reports which have spread worldwide.
The day was
sunny and warm but windy.
There were the
usual four downhill races including the women's race, followed by one,
disastrous "non-Cheese" race.
Chris Anderson, now serving in "The
of the two largest regiments in the British Army ... was unable to
attend this year, he will have been disappointed, but other competitors may
well have been relieved not to have to compete against him.
Due to received
warnings that have received much publicity around the world, directed to
anyone who could be identified as being "connected" in some way
with the Cheese Rolling, a substitute, plastic cheese was used this year, so
a real cheese was not in fact rolled.
This did not seem to matter to either contestants or spectators, but it was
a failure as it just did not have the weight to roll properly! In the ladies
race, one lady (not the winner) picked it up and carried it down to the
On a positive
The First race
was won by Kenny Rackers, a USA Army Veteran from Colorado Springs, Colorado
USA, who had traveled over 4000 miles from the 'States just to take part
Kenny appears to be taking advice
from a Panda, prior to setting off!
The advice must have worked, he's
won the first race!
for the Mens Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 1
Kenny Rackers (30)
Just time to wave to the police
helicopter before Race 2 (Bit expensive that?)
[Just as well SBS TV from South
Korea dropped their intention to film from an Octocopter drone
the downwash from the "chopper" would surely have downed the
lightweight craft and endangered the spectators]
And so, on to Race Two
That new, substitute plastic cheese
is rubbish, it does not roll properly!
A runner disappears in a cloud of
dust - It's usually muddy here.
for the Mens Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 2
Medical cover is on hand and alert
to her surroundings, she'll be needed soon for some real injury!
Now it's the turn of the women to
show how it's done
Just look at that fake cheese
They easily catch and then overtake
Here's Lucy Townsend in her headlong
dash past the "cheese"
She's well ahead now!
... and look her fellow runner has
picked up that feeble cheese to ensure it gets to the finish line
Ladies Race was won by 16 year old Lucy Townsend from Brockworth
for the Women's Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 3
(She won the
women's Race in 2012 too!)
In a change
from tradition there were two uphill races, one for children
The winner arrives!
and the other
for older competitors
Is that the Stars and Stripes of
Kenny Rackers on the far side?
Yes... there he goes... and FAST
Almost at the finish line, he even
paused to don a hat...
before flinging it aside to his
Maybe someone else will want it to
shelter from the hot sun
Here's the rest of the field, way
Kenny's there, looking fresh to
for the Mens Uphill
Kenny Rackers (30)
Time for some filming to get the
atmosphere, facing the finish line, they need to move soon, it's not
Its' causing serious interest from
the spectators though
It's a great sunny day!
And so on to Race four...
Mind you don't trip over that fake
Here's help on the way at speed.
With a little treatment and many
pairs of helping hands he's on his way!
for the Mens Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 4
At this point we normally see a
number of "Non Cheese" Races, competitors running down just for
the fun of it!
This year, tragically, will be
different... There will only be one!
They wait patiently, unaware of what
is about to happen...
The catchers from Brockworth RFC are ready...
They're off, the man in the red
shirt on the extreme right in this photo will not cross the finish line for
almost three hours!!!
He stumbled on the way down, near
the top of the hill, crossing to the opposite side presumably to bet a
better line to race down.
Now he's down and in need of help
The leg is obviously broken, just
look at the way the foot is facing... that's not normal!
When help first arrived, he said he
felt no pain at that point, that was about to change...
was only one significant injury, a broken leg in the last race,
resulted in the attendance of a significant number of paramedics
the event first aider
It's a hard climb from the finish
line at the foot of the hill...
...there at last...
... seems to take ages, but it's
only been one minute so far...
Then paramedics from the first SWAS
Response Vehicle arrive... after only 21 minutes...
The police rush to find out what's
The casualty is surrounded by medics
and helpers forming a safety cordon
More SWAS Paramedics arrive... 56
minutes into the incident...
More Police - They seem more
interested in the finish line below...
A few people are stupid enough to
still run the course while the patient is being treated and vulnerable...
The first member of the fire and
rescue service arrives to make an initial assessment...
It's now one hour and 24 minutes
since the start of the incident...
More firemen arrive (yellow
Now more fire & rescue personnel
arrive with ropes and mountain rescue gear.
It's now 2 hours into the
Plans are put in place for
evacuation on a rigid stretcher with the aid of ropes anchored to the
These guys are really quick,
obviously well trained in this type of rescue...
The patient is lifted onto a rigid
stretcher and strapped safely in...
The difficult descent commences, we
are now two and a half hours in...
Rescuers walk slowly backwards, down
the difficult slope, restrained by ropes from above the incident site.
A couple of times the stretcher
jerks on the ropes and the casualty is heard to cry out in pain...
In spite of the medication, he feels every jolt, the adrenalin has worn off
And now the final steps before
detaching the ropes and carrying him to the waiting ambulance which will
convey him to hospital in Gloucester
Time for the fire service to clear
up, making sure they remove all the metal spikes they hammered into the hill
to attach ropes, otherwise there may be another casualty.
Not too much to do but hang around,
at least it's a sunny day.
The clearing up continued, few
spectators remain on the hill, but one young lad has a last run, whether on
purpose, or by accident, crossing the triple ropes between the two upper
groups of fire service personnel...
He soon finds himself receiving some
strong "advice" from the police...
...this included the advise that it
was lucky for him that there were so many camera crews around!
[whatever that means?]
apologised, saying he was very sorry for his action, but the apology was
...following this he was verbally
abused (using an "F" word) by a member of the fire service
(without a helmet) who was obviously very angry, he was led back to their
Fire Tender vehicle by colleagues, leaving a shocked looking man, still on
Sadly a very sour note on which to close the day.
Apparently the only incident receiving the attention of the police, unless
someone knows better?
Locals continued to clear-up the
area, not a bit of litter, however small, is left to spoil this lovely area.
... and there it is, the hill turns
back to nature to await 2014, just a few locals still enjoying this
beautiful spring day.
The 2013 event is over, now the
event needs some new sponsors to organise the 2014 event on a professional,
free to attend INSURED event.
RedBull would be an obvious contender with their vast experience in large
outdoor events, anyone want to petition them?
the end this incident involved a number of Paramedics from SWAS, several
waves of firemen and finally a large police presence.
took over 2 hours and 40 minutes for the casualty to be initially treated
and stabilised then recovered from the hill before being sent off to
hospital, well outside "The Golden Hour".
the start of the event the police kept surveillance on the by their
helicopter which hovered and circled above at times this actually caused
problems with communication between top and bottom of the hill and with
instructions shouted to the spectators who, at times could not hear over the
noise of the helicopter.
least the occupants were assured a good view of the crowds waving at them!
would be runner received a stern warning from the police... ending with;
lucky for you there are so many cameras around"
then verbally abused by a fireman who swore at him! ... adding I have
children at home.
run down after the casualty had been recovered, stumbles and almost
collided with a fireman.
apologised for his action but the apology was dismissed!
recovery and treatment was administered more swiftly in the past, up to
2009, when St john Ambulance were in attendance, in number and with their
own ambulances. In those days S.A.R.A.I.D. (Search and rescue assistance in
disasters) were always on hand and deployed on the hill in readiness before
the vent would start. It was exactly two hours from the time of injury until
the fire service deployed crew with ropes and climbing gear in order to
start to plan a recovery. It then took a further 40 minutes to get the
casualty into an ambulance.
made available as last year in a field behind the Cross Hands Public house,
now the Toby Carvery, in Brockworth, making access for visitors less
A number of
cars were observed to have been parked on the A46 neat cooper's hill,
curiously these did not appear to have fixed penalty notices attached as
they would have in previous years.
following chronicles events leading up to the 2013 event.
Cheese for the Cheese-Rolling?
rationing was introduced in 1941 so a wooden ‘cheese’ was used until
1954. It was covered in paper and was decorated with the familiar red and
blue ribbons. It had a small hole inside the packing where a tiny piece of
cheese was placed, to maintain the ‘rolling of cheese’! Special
permission was granted for this by the Ministry of Food." - Maybe this
is the answer?
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 view from the top of the Cheese-Rolling hill
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.
- 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 in
2009 a report was prepared for the Health & Safety Executive by
Professor Chris Kemp Teresa Moore of the Buckinghamshire New University
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 Hill.
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.
To contact www.cheese-rolling.co.uk
(this site) Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Double Gloucester Cheese Explained - The Single Gloucester Cheese too!
Car Park Location - Car
Parking is no longer available at the event
(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.
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
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.