In the last weekend in May each year (the Spring Bank holiday) on the top of the very steep Cooper's Hill in Gloucester England, people gather with a seven pound (~3 kg) hunk of cheese, to take part in the famous "Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake".
The aim of the competition is to race the cheese to the bottom of the hill, you follow it any way you can. The first individual across the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins (the prize is the cheese of course)
The cheese can travel at up to 30 miles per hour, with the participants at much the same speed. People get hurt, some pretty badly, and if you ever see this event you will understand why.
- The unusual sport of cheese rolling is featured in the book Wacky Nation
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