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Adrenaline, Cheese, And Broken Bones: Gloucestershire’s Annual Cheese Rolling Race

Competitors tumble down Coopers Hill in pursuit of a round Double Gloucester cheese during the annual cheese rolling and wake near the village of Brockworth near Gloucester in western England on May 26, 2014. With a disputed history dating back to at least the 1800s, the annual Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling involves hordes of fearless competitors chasing an eight pound Double Gloucester cheese down a steep hill. The slope has a gradient in places of 1-in-2 and in others 1-in-1, its surface is very rough and uneven and it is almost impossible to remain on foot for the descent. The winner of the race down the hill wins the cheese.AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: 1095

by Bailey Karnash

Why do people participate in dangerous activities when they know there is a possibility of being harmed? Most deny this by saying that they are smart enough to determine whether or not they should proceed in doing so.

Whether it is an extreme danger or a minor one, people continue to go through with it.

A minor threatening situation is held in Gloucestershire, England at Cooper’s Hill. An annual cheese-rolling race is held in May.

This race involves rolling a wheel of cheese down an extremely steep hill while hundreds of participants chase after this. The first person to reach the bottom of the hill wins the wheel of cheese.

After each round of the races is over, many people receive help from specialists for their injuries including broken ankles and arms.

What’s ironic is that there are signs posted all around the event stating, “WARNING! Cooper’s Hill Cheese Roll. Cheese rolling is a dangerous activity for both participants and spectators. The cheese roll is not managed. You are strongly advised not to attend. It is especially unsuitable for children. You attend entirely at your own risk.” This sign was posted by government officials. However, people ignore the warning signs and continue to come back every year in the bone-breaking contest.

This event is just one example of human involvement in dangerous activities. Although one may not consider this life threatening, lacerations are still present in the event.

To answer the initial question on why people perform in dangerous activities when there is a possibility of being harmed, student Abby Orons stated, “ There is an adrenaline rush to doing something you know you should not do. The more people that participate; the more they want to experience it. Then, when people encourage you to do something, the more excited you are about it.”

As time goes by, more and more people have an itch to participate in an extreme action whether it is bungee jumping, sky diving, or even the famous Gloucestershire Cheese-Rolling Race. The adrenaline that kicks in leads one to crave it more.


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1 Comment on Adrenaline, Cheese, And Broken Bones: Gloucestershire’s Annual Cheese Rolling Race

  1. Reid albright // December 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm // Reply

    Beautiful piece of literature


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