Gloucestershire's famous cheese-rolling event is to go ahead tomorrow despite ... trends now

Gloucestershire's famous cheese-rolling event is to go ahead tomorrow despite ... trends now
Gloucestershire's famous cheese-rolling event is to go ahead tomorrow despite ... trends now

Gloucestershire's famous cheese-rolling event is to go ahead tomorrow despite ... trends now

Gloucestershire's famous cheese-rolling event is set to go ahead tomorrow despite objections which say it is a dangerous event which strains emergency services.

Tewkesbury Borough Safety Advisory Group said last year's event put a strain on emergency services after a number of people suffered injuries.

One senior police officer even said last year there was a 'risk of mass casualties' if something went wrong.

Hundreds of people gather at Cooper's Hill, near Brockworth, to watch the event, which is thought to have its roots in a pagan festival to celebrate the return of spring.

Competitors chase a 3kg Double Gloucester cheese rolling down the steep 180m hill. Many trip and tumble as they go, but pick themselves up and resume the chase.

The steep gradient means the event is not for the faint-hearted, and the cheese can reach speeds of up to 70mph, with the first runner to catch it crowned the winner.

Gloucestershire's famous cheese-rolling event is set to go ahead tomorrow despite objections which say it is a dangerous event which strains emergency services

Gloucestershire's famous cheese-rolling event is set to go ahead tomorrow despite objections which say it is a dangerous event which strains emergency services

A participant receives medical treatment after the Cheese Rolling contest last year

A participant receives medical treatment after the Cheese Rolling contest last year

Many trip and tumble as they go, but pick themselves up and resume, Pictured last year

Many trip and tumble as they go, but pick themselves up and resume, Pictured last year

The steep gradient means the event is not for the faint-hearted, and the cheese can reach speeds of up to 70mph. Pictured are scenes last year

The steep gradient means the event is not for the faint-hearted, and the cheese can reach speeds of up to 70mph. Pictured are scenes last year

Competitors chase a 3kg Double Gloucester cheese rolling down the steep 180m hill

Competitors chase a 3kg Double Gloucester cheese rolling down the steep 180m hill

 The Safety Advisory Group said it has made 'numerous attempts' to engage with organisers but they have not shared how they plan to keep people safe this year.

Assistant Chief Constable Arman Mathieson from Gloucestershire Police said the event is a 'unique tradition and we have no desire to stop it'.

But police had a duty to tell the public that the council's safety group had declared it unsafe.

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'Those intending to go should consider the risk they might be putting themselves at' he said.

The advisory group is made up of multiple agencies, including the emergency services, who work to promote safety and welfare at events.

Members say they are concerned about how emergency services would be able to respond if there was a major incident, after ambulances struggled to access the site in 2023.

The winner of last year's women's race was knocked unconscious at the finish line and she only discovered she'd won when she woke up in a medical tent.

Despite yearly warnings about the event, people travel from all over the world to attend.

There are multiple races and the rules are simple - get to the bottom of the hill first.

Gravity does most of the hard work, as competitors run - or in most cases tumble - down the steep slope.

Volunteers are ready to help catch runners at the bottom but injuries are almost inevitable.

On the official Facebook page, organisers say both spectators and participants attend at their own risk.

One senior police officer said 'If a major incident were to occur, if people were to slip at the top of the

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