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Thursday, 8 June 2017

A very odd british tradition

A few weekends ago my friends and I headed down south to watch the annual cheeserolling. Yes, you read that correctly, the annual cheeseroll. Definitely the weirdest event I've been to. It was really really odd but very funny, even though the weather didn't hold out for us!

It's a little hard to describe the event because it sounds so strange but I found this great quote that sums it up perfectly:

"twenty young men chasing a cheese off a cliff and tumbling 200 yards to the bottom, where they are scraped up by paramedics and packed off to hospital"

I'm not sure how the cheeserolling started because no one knows for definite, it's just been around for that long. Over the years the local authorities have tried to stop it because of safety concerns but it's so popular that people kept going ahead with the cheeserolling anyway. Essentially its a big race down a ridiculously steep hill after a wheel of Double Gloucester and if you win the race then you win the cheese. Such a strange tradition but it was so much fun to watch.

That guy in the picture before is the local cheeserolling champion and he wins almost all of them every year.

I don't even know how people do the race because the hill is so steep! I'm not exaggerating. It took a 30 minute hike to get up to see the race and we couldn't even walk to the very top of the hill because it was too steep to stand.  We eventually sort of wedged our feet into the soil to catch our balance and watched people slide past us as they fell from further up. At the bottom of the hill they even had a rugby team tackling people finishing the race to stop them running into the crowd by accident.

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My tips are;
-Definitely go because it's a great day out
-Wear walking boots (I made the error of wearing sandals and it was bad)
-Take a waterproof
-Take some cheese so you can pretend you have won (we did this with babybell haha but a mini edam would be great)
-Make sure you stop for dinner or drinks at the quays because it's lovely there



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