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World famous cheese rolling races set to take place

Competitors in 2013 chased a foam 'cheese' for increased safety. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Thousands of people are expected at Cooper's Hill near Gloucester for the county's annual cheese rolling .

The world famous races, in which competitors chase a large cheese-like object down a very steep slope, is once again unofficial this year. It is discouraged by police and the local council because of crowd safety fears.

Cheese about to roll in Gloucestershire

The annual Cheese Rolling event is getting underway at Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire today.

Last year, participants chased a foam wheel due to health and safety concerns but this year's event has seen the return of real cheese.

Cheese rolling event sees return of real cheese

Competitors take part in the annual Cheese Rolling event at Coppers Hill near Brockworth, Gloucestershire. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Thousands of spectators are expected to turn out to watch people throw themselves down Cooper's Hill in Gloucester today for the annual cheese rolling competition.

Last year participants chased a foam wheel due to health and safety concerns, but this year's event will see the return of real cheese.


American wins Cheese Rolling competition: full report

An annual West Country tradition, where contestants chase a Double Gloucester cheese down a steep hill took place today in spite of concerns over health and safety.

Police kept a close eye on the event and closed roads up to the hill to traffic.

There were inevitably some injuries, not least to the pride of some locals when an American took the cheese in the first race.

Wesley Smith was there:

American estate agent travelled over especially for race

An American estate agent says he travelled to Britain especially to compete in the race after seen previous events on TV.

The field was wide open this year as regular champion cheese roller - 25-year-old soldier Chris Anderson - missed the competition having been posted overseas with 1Rifles.

I came over specially for this and I did what I had to do to win.

It feels great, I trained a long time for this and got hurt on the hill practising. I came three days early and I took a bad spill, but I came to win and that's what I did.

I came 3,000 or 4,000 miles just for this race. I put it on my bucket list and today it was to win and that's what I did.

– Kenny Rackers

The first local winner this year was Lucy Townsend, who grabbed the top prize in the women's race. The 16-year-old student, from Brockworth, also won the women's race last year.

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