Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling 2009

This has to be one of the singular best events to happen every year and it happened on Monday.  Monday!  How did we miss that?

Anyway, the Cooper Hill’s Cheese Rolling and Wake (official name, natch), for those unsure of what it is, is an annual event wherein an eight pound round of Double Gloucester Cheese is given a one second head start, and competitors race down the hill to catch the cheese; that rarely happens because the cheese can reach a top speed of 70 mph. People tumble, stumble and rumble down the hill and usually get injured.  Hilarity ensues.

First to pass the finish line wins the wheel of cheese. There’s also a less dangerous uphill race, but no one gives a shit about that because no one gets injured or rolls down a hill.  The Big Picture has a great photo set and the official Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling website has results and more photos.

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