Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling 2018: See Crazy Pictures of People Falling Down The Hill Chasing The Cheese in England + Happy New Record-Breaker (VIDEO)

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The late May “Bank Holiday” will mean only one thing to the people of Brockworth in Gloucestershire — it’s time for the annual Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling competition. 

Keep on reading Nexter.org to know what Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling is and who was the record-breaking winner of 2018 competition. 

What the heck is Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling?

In case you don’t have an idea about this most English sport, then the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling – is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucester, England.

It was traditionally partaken by and for the people who live in the local village of Brockworth, Gloucestershire, but now people from all over the world take part. The Guardian newspaper called it a “world-famous event”, with winners from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Nepal.

The event is traditional and takes its name from the steep hill on which it occurs.

The Rules are quite simple but very dangerous. From the top of the hill, a 9 pounds (4.1 kilograms) round of Double Gloucester cheese is sent rolling down the hill, and competitors then start racing down the hill after it. The first person over the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese.

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Source: Twitter

In theory, competitors are aiming to catch the cheese; however, it has around a one-second head start, and can reach speeds up to 70 miles per hour (110 kilometers per hour), enough to knock over and injure a spectator.  The winner was given the prize of an actual cheese after the competition.

2018 race and new record

As the event usually sets on the last Monday of May, this year competition was held on May 28. This year champion cheese-roller has broken the all-time record for the most cheeses won in Gloucestershire’s death-defying races.

Source: Scott Barbour

The winner, Chris Anderson, took home his prize – a total of 22 double Gloucester cheeses in 14 years, after chasing the hefty 8lb (3.6kg) cheeses down Cooper’s Hill.

The 30-year-old broke the record held by Stephen Gyde after winning the first of this year’s men’s downhill races. Anderson said: “I’ve got nothing to prove now, I’m happy.”

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Source: PA

But do not think he got it easily – Chris Anderson has suffered a broken ankle, “quite bad concussion” and bruised kidneys over the 14 years he has competed.

Thousands of spectators turned out to watch thrill-seekers hurl themselves down the 1:2 gradient, chasing wheels of double Gloucester cheese.

Among the competitors this year was Australian Nathan Anstey, 30, from Melbourne, who took part wearing just a pair of “budgie smuggler” swimming trunks.

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Source: PA

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