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15 Aug 2019

Chasing the Cheese!

Every year Gloucestershire locals and visitors from around the world tumble 650 feet down to the bottom of Cooper’s Hill chasing a Double Gloucester cheese wheel. And you may ask, why? For many reasons of course, tradition, fun, love of cheese, and because people are just plain weird!

The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling competition is named after a hill outside of Gloucester, England, where this event is held every spring. The rules are simple. A 9-pound, round Double Gloucester cheese is rolled down the hill given a one-second head start before the players chase it down the hill like a bunch of madmen (and women). The first one to make it to the bottom and across the finishing line takes the cheese home. In theory, it’s the one who catches the cheese that wins, but given that it can reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, the chances of someone actually catching the cheese are very slim; in fact, most people just tumble down the hill like a sack of potatoes.

This ended up being a problem. Until 2009, the Cheese-Rolling was an official event, but it was called off due to concerns for the safety of the spectators. But something as small as government rule or the law was not enough to stop the locals from continuing the tradition. The concerns are not without reason and contestants being hospitalized are not unheard of, to rebel is human nature after all, and in fact, the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling race has been called the world’s most dangerous footrace and described as “twenty 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.” Sounds like great honest fun, doesn't it?

Regardless of the risks involved and the pressure from local council to address them, Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling keeps coming back every year, and as an additional safety precaution, the cheese was replaced by a foam replica in 2013. What started as a competition for the villagers of Brockworth has grown to a famous (or infamous) global event, and today people from all over the world participate in the cheese race, offering the best fun, the highest falls from a hill and multiple people hurt! Through the best betting software we offer you much more than that: best odds, highest limits and multiple bookmakers.

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