Watch a Downhill Cheese-Chasing Competition in Britain

Published 15 Jun 2018, 14:27 BST
Watch a Downhill Cheese-Chasing Competition in Britain

In the rolling Gloucestershire countryside, stands the now-famous Cooper's Hill. One day each spring, people send large wheels of Double Gloucester cheese down the hill at speeds up to about 70 miles per hour. Chasing each wheel is a pack of contestants. Some of them roll, while others just fall over.

Long a contained, local affair, over time the Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake (meaning festival) started drawing international crowds to watch or compete in this seriously risky game.

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