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Sunday evening the hill is peaceful, the hill already prepared for
have been carefully removed and set aside.
on the hill has been cut and flattened.
hill is scanned for stones and other dangerous objects which have been
has been hard work, but now the hill is ready for the 2015 Cheese-Rolling.
dawned cloudy but reasonably warm, by the 12:00 it was still cloudy but
The conditions on the day were ideal, neither too hot or too cold, and no
(The rain showers of the previous few days provided ideal ground
conditions for the event, softening the surface a little, but there was
little of the muddy conditions which some previous years had suffered.)
Picture Courtesy of Adam Wood
In 2015 the
Cheese-Rolling At Cooper's Hill Took Place On The Late May Bank Holiday
(Monday 25th May 2015)
Commencing as usual at 12:00 Midday.
Eventual crowd figures were estimated at 4000.
and Competitors on their way to the event will have seen the signs from
Gloucestershire County Council (the landowner) warning of the
dangers of the event and suggesting that they should not to attend the
notice states that the event is unmanaged, this is actually incorrect.
There is a lot of background work, by many volunteers and enthusiasts,
working in a coordinated manner, to ensure as far as is practicable, the
safety of the event. Hours are spent in the days leading up to the event,
clearing the hill of obstructions, stones and general debris, erecting
spectator control orange fencing and clearing the surface of the hill of
Ruptly Streaming Video of the Whole Day
Video of the 2015 Cheese-Rolling
I Get It" Video Compilation
after 11:00 and Chris Anderson sits calmly and watches the crowds
(He knows this hill so very well and many seek his advice before the
Meanwhile just behind him on the
plateau, tactics are discussed between prospective competitors.
Looking down, we see the
spectators are arriving, it's been a long walk for many from the nearest
but with the roads closed, safety has been assured for the pedestrians.
The whole area was made a traffic-free zone for the safety of the
pedestrians, but most chose to walk the small cross-country footpaths,
rather than taking the rather longer walk via the roads (though for some,
the road route may well have been quicker as at least one of the footpaths
became so congested, walkers made very slow progress.
YES, for the benefit for those who have not stood here on the hill, it
really is this steep!
Picture Courtesy of Adam Wood
Chris, ever with an eye for
safety, constantly paces the hill & clears debris.
The spectators are still arriving,
filling the hill!
Only 7 minutes to go to the start.
Early arrivals have the best places
The Catchers from the Brockworth
Rugby Club are ready
Photographers are well behind them in relative safety!
There's a good view also from the
lower fields behind the houses at the foot of the hill.
(There's no crush there, but from there they can't see the finish line
Midday approaches, excitement and anticipation is
The runners gather at the top of the hill
Chris Anderson quietly contemplates his first official
race since 2012, whilst MC Jem Wakeman ensures all is in order for the
start of the race.
He's ready to go...
A loud cheer from the crowd to welcome the first event
Race one is under way right on
time at 12:00
The Cheese is way ahead, two competitors are well ahead
of the field...
Chris Anderson (far right) takes the cheese for the
The field follows...
The last few arrive.
Race one brings the first injury...
Meanwhile Chris shows off his prize to the press.
He is helped down by friends, then treated for a
suspected broken ankle by the event volunteer medics.
also a good view from the lower fields behind the houses at the foot of
the hill, but they can't see the finish line from there.
for the Mens Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 1
Entertainment from a stunt pilot entertained the crowd
for a few minutes...
(It was good to see the Police Helicopter stayed away
And so on to Race 2
Lucy Townsend (Equal Women's Champion) (lower centre) is
the honorary roller for race 2...
The MC Jem Wakeman ensures everyone is ready before the
They're off and very fast...
Tumbling down the hill...
The winner (Ryan Fairley) crosses the line.
for the Mens Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 2
Townsend (Brockworth, GLOS)
Eventually the rest arrive.
Now for the Boys under 14's uphill
They gather at the foot of the hill...
Soon there's few out in front and a leader in the brown
Could this be Kasper Wickens-Shaw
(Last year's winner)?
Still going strong...
Only one other anywhere near...
Increasing his lead all the time...
He wins (Extreme left of the image) and receives his
mini cheese from MC Jem Wakeman.
Was it Caspar who won this event last year?
This is Kasper Wickens-Shaw 12
from Foston's Ash.
Further back Chris and Ryley follow up the field...
To the amusement of the crowd Ryley gets a helping
Off he goes...
Chris notices another lad in need of encouragement...
... and gives him a much needed helping hand...
Finally the last few arrive.
for the Boys 14 and under Combined
Ash Birdlip, GLOS, UK
for the Girls 14 and under
Chris Anderson's Niece
Then of course it's back to the start.
Ryley leads Chris back down...
So now to the ladies race...
The competitors carefully take their places...
Clear space in front...
More tumbling than running
The winner has already passed the line of catchers...
(She's on the floor right of centre.)
The Winner Keavy Morgan
for the Women's Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 3
Next its the Mixed Open Uphill Cheese Race (Over 14's)
The line-up is ready...
...and they're off!
...the pack is tight...
Determination drives them
The going gets harder...
the hill is steep...
The winner arrives!
for the Mixed, Open Uphill Cheese-Race
The girls are behind, but trying hard!
Anticipation grows for the 4th and final race...
Ryan Fairly has challenged Chris Anderson to race
against him in the 4th race
Here comes Chris now, how many times has he climbed the
He doesn't even look tired as he arrives to greet his
The Roller is ready with the last cheese of the 21015
... and for the last time this year, they're off!
(Chris & Ryan in green shirts.)
Only moments later Chris crosses the finish line!
Chris still looking fresh!
for the Mens Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 4
The last (unofficial) mass race
takes place involving all those would-be competitors who did not get a
place in the main races of the day.
Many return to the top to descend the hill again and
These two and mum look as if they have had a good day!
Carefully picking their way down the hill
Slowly and carefully!
The crowds, ever happy and good natured take their
time filtering down and away after another great day at the Cooper's
Once the crowds had gone, volunteers set about making
sure every piece of litter was removed form this beautiful area.
Summary of the 2015 Cheese
Rolling at Cooper's Hill
In summary the 2015
Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire was very well
organised and effectively controlled and marshaled by the small band of
enthusiasts from Brockworth and surrounding area.
Their control and organisation of the event was
exemplary, every bit as good as when the event was organised by a local
company (now dissolved).
Each year since 2010 when they took over running the event, preparation
and organisation of the event has improved year on year, this year the
hill was found to be in excellent condition for the Cheese-Rolling due
to their hard work.
The visitors, spectators and
competitors, some of whom have traveled very long distances to attend
(from Holland, Canada, America, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Japan and
Australia to name just a few), were well behaved and friendly and very
good natured, each helping others to climb and secure good footing on
the steep slope. The atmosphere at the event is fantastic and I'm
everyone had a really good time, the weather was kind for the event,
overcast, but neither too hot or cold!
the usual four downhill races including the women's race, followed by
mass descent of the hill as a finale.
The usual scrapes, bumps, grazes and bruises of course as in all years.
Major casualty was a suspected Broken Ankle.
Anderson, after a break of two years was able to compete in the
Cheese-Rolling this year, he was much in evidence, clearing the hill,
advising competitors and informing visitors about the event.
Lucy Townsend was unable to compete this year due to a
strained ankle ligament, she
says she will be back next year to take up the challenge to become all
time Women's Champion - She is equal third after of the 2014 event.
The Final race, Race 4 turned out to be a competition
between Chris Anderson and Ryan Fairley with Chris winning his fifteenth
this year went in for road closures in a big way, just as in 2014,
closing the A46 from the Cross-Hands Roundabout right up to Buckholt
road, this made for a safe and pleasant walk along the roads to the
event, a real enhancement to the event that was lacking in previous
provided as always by the nearby Toby Carvery.
as usual, no reported incidents requiring police intervention at or
around the event and spectators respected the private properties in the
The police did not patrol the event this year as in the past.
Only one SWAS (NHS) ambulance was called to site, after the main event
had been completed to treat a male patient.
positive note the event was well attended with a large, good humored
crowd of spectators who all enjoyed this excellent day out on Cooper's
The closure of the A46, previously requested but always denied until the
2014 event year, was excellent and allowed for a carnival atmosphere as
people could walk safely along the traffic-free road.
Gloucestershire County Council (the
warning notices at the event to ensure that everyone was aware of the
potential dangers associated with the event.
notice in future years should mention dogs (a very stressful environment
The disabled and infirm should get a mention too!
made available as last year in a field behind the Cross Hands Public
house, now the Toby Carvery, in Brockworth, making access for visitors