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Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Tournament 2008

Chasing the Cheese

While many of us celebrated Memorial Day on Monday, the people of Gloucestershire, England, celebrated a different annual occasion, their infamous Cheese Rolling tournament. In this crazed and unique sporting event, men and women chase an eight-pound cheese wheel down a steep hill. The person who grabs the rolling cheese — which can reach up to 70mph! — before it crosses the finish line wins. The prize for winning the race? The handmade Gloucester cheese wheel. While the race may be all fun and games, each year numerous people are injured as they slip down the hill. To watch a video of this year's cheese rolling,


What do you think of the competition? I'm a huge cheese lover, but would never plummet my body down the side of a hill. How about you: Would you participate in this race for cheese?


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nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
On second thought...maybe I'll try to start my own tradition here. We've got some pretty steep ravines around these parts, and I've got some pretty crazy friends. I'm not the biggest fan of cheese though, maybe a really good loaf of bread.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I remember seeing this on tv about 10 years ago, and thinking I'd love to be there. Its actually a tradition that dates back hundreds of years. If I'm ever in England at the end of May you'll see me there!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Shoney, I've got the Nerfs and the duct tape. You bring the Tylenol and ice packs and were on! May the cheesiest win! :)
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
Totally worth it. Gloucester cheese is amazing. Well, cheese is amazing. Duh. :P
amyellyo amyellyo 9 years
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
I'd absolutely duct tape Nerf Balls to myself and do this! It's cheese!!! :)
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I'd do almost anything for cheese, especially bleu cheese.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
Looks like fun! And yeah I remember this from Gilmore Girls too! Mentioning it anyway, I don't think they showed it. The people going down the mud slide cracked me up. I'd definitely do this just for fun and hope not to end up on a stretcher.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
bibelot bibelot 9 years
I think some people *have* caught the cheese, but that hill is really steep - it's not worth it, IMHO!
gigill gigill 9 years
Haha, my friends and I were just talking about this competition on Friday. Has anyone actually ever caught the cheese? I thought the winner got 25 pounds for first place, 10 for second etc.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good lord!
looseseal looseseal 9 years
He did? Maybe that's why I feel like I've heard of this before but can't quite put my finger on where I heard of this before.
jopperma jopperma 9 years
Logan went to this on Gilmore Girls... :)
kia kia 9 years
So how drunk are the competitors?
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
that's hysterical. as much as i love cheese, i don't think that i would chase a wheel down a hill.
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