Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling 2008

The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is an annual event held in the month of May at Cooper’s Hill, near Cheltenham and Gloucester in the Cotswolds region of England. It is traditionally by and for the people of Brockworth – the local village, but now people from over the world take part. The event takes its name from the hill it occurs on. From the top of the hill a round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled, and competitors race down the hill after it. The first person over the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese. In theory, competitors are aiming to catch the cheese, but since it has a one second head start and can reach speeds up to 70 mph (enough to knock over and injure a spectator as it did in 1997), this rarely occurs.