Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Cheese rolling 2007

About 3,000 people converged on Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire for the annual spring bank holiday cheese-rolling event. Dozens of competitors chased the 7-8lb Double Gloucester down the steep slope, which is 200m long and has a 1:1 gradient in places.

Jason Crowther, from west Wales, won the first race to complete a hat-trick of victories over the last three years.
The 25-year-old said: "There's no training you can do for this." He added: "It was a bit slippery and I heard something crack, which I think was my knee.

"But there aren't any tactics involved, as you can probably see."

Aaron Walden, 20, from Gloucester, also won for the third time - beating a man dressed in a nappy to the bottom of the hill.

About 25 volunteers from the St John Ambulance were on hand to treat the inevitable injuries, while a team from Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters was also on hand to treat any medical emergencies.

Psychologist Jemima Bullock, 33, from Wellington, New Zealand, was the winner of the ladies' race.

"It's pretty well known back home and it's always on the news," she said. "It was a bit slippy out there but I think that actually helped. I guess you've got to be a bit mad to do this."

Paul Jones, from the St John Ambulance, said 20 people had been treated for minor injuries. Most of the injuries treated were for cuts and bruises and sprains.


Debbie said...

So what do they win out of this again? Cheese?

And what was with the Japanese guy at the end?

dom said...

Yes an 8lb cheese! That's one big hunkahunka cheese !

dom said...

And nfi on the Jap

Debbie said...

Did you re-watch to see him? There really is one at the end. I just want confirmation that someone else saw him. :)

dom said...

Ok, I saw him(and his friend), but I still have nfi what or why :)

Laura-Jane said...

He's a Japanese comedian, went along for a giggle I suppose:)

Laura-Jane said...

He's a Japanese comedian, came along for a giggle I suppose. Or maybe he really likes cheese:)