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The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper's Hill,[1], 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 on which it occurs.

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 (112 km/h, enough to knock over and injure a spectator as it did in 1997), this rarely occurs.

Accurate information is hard to come by, but the tradition is at least 200 years old. Suggestions have been made that the event may either date back to Roman times or have been a pagan healing ritual, but there is no evidence for this.

"The Cheese Rollers" is also the name of the nearby pub in Shurdington, about 3 miles from Cooper's Hill, but the nearest are The Cross Hands and The Victoria (both of which are in Brockworth). Competitors will frequent these venues for some pre-event Dutch courage or discussion of tactics, and after the event for some convalescence.
Cooper's Hill is also known as a stop on the Cotswold Way.

The latest event started at midday on 26 May 2008.

Each year the event becomes more and more popular with contestants coming from all across the world to compete or even simply to spectate.
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Cheese Roll 2008
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a little video with interviews & video footage

to explain the pat with the french guy at 4:30 roughly

the people at the bottom are rugby players from Gloucester's team 9if i remember right) and england has a rugby rivalry with france, hence they rough house him a bit.
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You gotta laugh at it... Brits start the daftest of things!
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I'm considering going next week :)
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I'm considering going next week :)
You gotta take pictures!! It's a really crazy concept - all that for some cheese!! It looks like it could be fun if you don't break any bones on the way down but honestly, I'd want more than a bit of cheese for my efforts!!
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doesnt everyone spend their sunday afternoons like this?
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i would actually probably try it.
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have you ever played rugby?
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no we dont have that here.

actually i just dont do the whole "physical activity" bullshit
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