Offbeat: Video - Annual cheese rolling event in Gloucestershire

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Video here shows scenes from an annual cheese rolling event in Gloucestershire.

Thousands gathered for one of Britain’s barmiest Bank Holiday traditions yesterday - chasing a cheese down a steep hill.

The annual cheese rolling event

The annual cheese rolling event

The unregulated free-for-all started in the early 1800s and sees daredevils running after a rolling cheese down steep 200-metre Cooper’s Hill near Brockworth, Glos.

Fearless contestants often break bones as they tumble down the slope in pursuit of the 1ft wide Double Gloucester wheel, which reaches speeds of up to 70mph.

Veteran cheese runner Chris Anderson, 27, won first place in two races this year after a comeback from injury - taking his total to 15 cheeses in ten years.