Competitors Tumble Down English Hill as Cheese-Rolling Event Returns

Competitors from around the world tumbled down a ridiculously steep 200-yard hill chasing a wheel of cheese in Brockworth, United Kingdom, as the ancient “extreme sport” tradition returned on June 5 for the first time since the pandemic.

Video recorded by James Stevens shows contestants stumbling down Cooper’s Hill as they raced after a coveted 7-lb wheel of Double Gloucester cheese.

According to the BBC, the “cheese can reach speeds of 70 mph.”

“Injuries are common, this year seeing two ambulances attend a few competitors,” Stevens told Storyful.

The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Roll, an annual tradition that is believed to date back at least 600 years, had to be canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local champion Chris Anderson, who won his 23rd race after a year off in 2019, said this was his final event because he had a baby daughter during the pandemic, the BBC said. Credit: James Stevens via Storyful

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