Thousands take part in traditional cheese-rolling race in rural England

Traditional English weather didn't stop thousands of spectators from attending a traditional cheese rolling contest in the Gloucestershire countryside on Monday, May 29th, the Whitsun bank holiday.

Thousands of people gathered on Cooper's Hill, which has a 1-in-2 gradient, to watch racers tumbling downhill after the coveted prize.

Winner of the men's race was 29-year-old Chris Anderson from Brockworth, who equalled the record for the most cheeses won previously by Stephen Gyde.

The women's race was won by 18-year-old Keavy Morgan, also from Brockworth.

The first written evidence of the event dates from 1826, but the tradition was established long before, some suggest perhaps as a Pagan ritual.