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.

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 29: Participants take part in Annual Cheese Rolling Festival on May 29, 2017 in Gloucestershire, England . PHOTOGRAPH BY Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 29: Participants take part in Annual Cheese Rolling Festival on May 29, 2017 in Gloucestershire, England . PHOTOGRAPH BY Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 29: Author & broadcaster Ben Fogle flew in from Canada to take part in Annual Cheese Rolling Festival on May 29, 2017 in Gloucestershire, England . PHOTOGRAPH BY Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 29: Participants take part in Annual Cheese Rolling Festival on May 29, 2017 in Gloucestershire, England . PHOTOGRAPH BY Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 29: Participants take part in Annual Cheese Rolling Festival on May 29, 2017 in Gloucestershire, England . PHOTOGRAPH BY Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 29: Participants take part in Annual Cheese Rolling Festival on May 29, 2017 in Gloucestershire, England . PHOTOGRAPH BY Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Charlie Bryan / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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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.

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