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A race at The Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake on May 29th 2006. Photo by Dave Farrance. From Wikipedia.

“20 young men chasing a cheese off a cliff and tumbling 200 yards to the bottom, where they are scraped up by paramedics and packed off to hospital”. – The Sydney Morning Herald

A local tradition for over 200 years, The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake gives competitors the chance to race a round of Double Gloucester Cheese down an extremely steep hill. The prize for the winner? The cheese, of course. The cheese gets a one second head start over the 20 people in the race, and as it can reach speeds of up to 70 miles an hour, it is rarely caught before it stops at the bottom of the hill. 4 to 5 races, including a women’s race, are run at the event each year. Given the size and speed of the cheese, as well as the steepness of the hill, numerous injuries result.

Unfortunately, the official 2010 races had to be cancelled due to insufficient insurance coverage, but unofficial races, without the huge crowds, were organized by cheese rolling champion Chris Anderson and his father. The official organizers are currently working with local authorities to ensure that when the event is run in the future, it will be as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone in attendance.

For more news on the future of Cheese Rolling, visit For more random sports, get your tickets to see the Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete World of Sports (abridged) at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, September 9 – October 3.

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Absolutely hillarious. That is some funny stuff. Thanks for posting it…I would have never known of the “cheese derby” Good Job.

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