Tuesday, May 27, 2008
FALLING FOR CHEESE
Dozens of people braved the wind and rain to chase a double Gloucester yesterday at an annual cheese rolling event. Competitors threw themselves 200m (720ft) down the steep and muddy Cooper's Hill near Cheltenham to try to catch the 4kg (9lb) cheese before it reached the bottom. First-timer Christopher Anderson, 19, was the winner of the first of the five races but injured his back and was taken away on a stretcher. Others taking part in the event, which is thought to be at least 200 years old, included comedians Rory McGrath and Patrick McGuinness. 'I did absolutely no preparation for this and was pretty worried. People were flying by,' said McGrath.