WATCH: The craziest competition in the world - it involves chasing a cheese

2014-05-28 11:30

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Crazy! Cheese rolling competition in Gloucester

2014-05-28 09:41

Watch this entertaining footage of revellers chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill in England as part of the annual Cheese Rolling Competition. WATCH

London - If there’s one thing we really love here at News24 Travel, it’s weird festivals.  

Not too long ago, we shared some photos from Thailand’s Songkran. Taking the form of a massive water fight, it’s a celebration of Thai New Year as well the arrival of spring… and total mayhem!

Well, here’s some more mayhem from a somewhat chillier corner of the world: the annual cheese rolling competition held at Cooper's Hills near Brockworth in Gloucester, England.  

Watch the video here.  

The festival dates back to the 19th century and sees revellers chase a 3.5kg wheel of double Gloucester cheese down a 1:2 gradient hill.  

The festival took place over the past weekend this year and about 5 000 people turned out to watch the event, and despite a huge number of participants there were no injuries. 

The winner of the madcap race is rewarded by taking home the wheel of cheese.

However, Huffington Post reports that in an ironic twist, Josh Shepherd, 19, who won the 2014 competition doesn't even like cheese and says he's not sure what he'll do with his prize. 
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