What people do for the love of cheese...
Chasing cheese at Cooper's Hill, Richings Park, EnglandMike Rugel/Trazzler
Anyone who can chase a wheel of cheese up or down a hill is welcome to compete at the Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling. There are five downhill cheese races (one is for ladies) and four uphill races (boys under 12, girls under 12, men's open and women's open). At the top of the hill, competitors (any number from two to a maximum of about 20) sit in a line and wait. The master of ceremonies escorts an invited guest to the start line and helps him/her to sit on the precipitous slope, holding an eight-pound wheel of Double Gloucester. The guest "roller" releases the cheese, which proceeds to roll down the hill at great speed. The MC gives the racers the signal, and the competitors hurl themselves down the slope after the runaway dairy product. The first person to arrive at the foot of the hill wins the cheese.