July 3, 2022

Over The Limit Entertainment

Top Stories, World News, Daily News Updates

Gloucestershire: the best faces from the annual ponytail rolling down the hill

3 min read
There were more than a few tumbles from the cheese chaser (Picture: Getty)

Hundreds of people joined Gloucestershire’s cheese rolling race today despite weather warnings of thunder and lightning.

Organized for the first time since the pandemic, the event saw participants gather at the top of the nearly vertical Cooper Hill in Brockworth Village.

This is where a nine-pound wheel of Double Gloucester cheese, which can accelerate to over 70 mph, was dropped down the hill.

Contestants hurl themselves down a 200-yard slope and the person who makes it to the bottom wins the cheese.

Many generally take a fall and this year it was no different.

The wet conditions made it more difficult, even for experienced cheese chasers, who fell down the slippery grass, leaving them muddy and slightly bruised.

Former champion Chris Anderson finished everything in seconds in 2019 by winning his 23rd race after a year off.

Competitors could not keep up with the slope in the men’s downhill race (Picture: Getty)
Abby Lampe of North Carolina celebrates her victory in the women’s race with past winner Flo Early (Picture: Getty)
This participant’s face says it all (Picture: Getty)

The soldier, who lives in Brockworth, said that after having a daughter during the pandemic, it would be his last year.

He took a record 22 wins in 15 years and won three races in 2018, resulting in the top three finishers at home.

On Sunday, as Mr Anderson held his ponytail over his head for a picture, the audience erupted in applause.

‘This is the 23rd and last time,’ he insisted. ‘I was already very scared.’

Meanwhile, North Carolina’s Abby Lampe registered her victory in the women’s race.

She was seen celebrating with past winner Flo Early by her side.

The subsequent race – limited to 25 people in all – saw tourists take first prize.

Some of the contestants came to South Korea to descend the steep slopes.

    Chris Anderson photographed with cheese

Chris Anderson posed with a ponytail after winning the men’s downhill race for the first time (Picture: Getty)
This year’s weather conditions made the race even more difficult (Picture: Getty)
Robey Gabriel and Amar El Sourabagya kiss the Jubilee Cheese after their win (Picture: Getty)

Belgium’s Rob Gabriels said after his win: ‘I saw a video on Facebook five years ago.

‘And I love doing crazy, dumb stuff. It’s crazy to win and a wonderful feeling.’

Considered one of the world’s most bizarre ‘feet of strength’ events, it has been celebrated for centuries despite the shadow of health and safety risks.

People are injured in every incident – many with broken bones and sprains – but many participants, such as Mr. Anderson, always return for the next one.

Contact our news team by emailing us [email protected]

For more such stories, Check Out Our News Page,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.