Aussie man wins wacky cheese-rolling race

All the fun of the cheese roll

Source: Coopers Hill Cheese Roll

An Australian man has tumbled to victory in Britain’s wacky – and bone-breaking – annual downhill cheese-rolling race.

Perth man Dylan Twiss won the second men’s race, which involves chasing a giant wheel of Double Gloucester down an impossibly steep grassy hill.

The winner takes the coveted prize – the highly sought-after three-kilogram wheel of cheese.

“I might eat the cheese at some stage – I haven’t quite decided yet,” the victorious Twiss said afterwards.

Twiss had more success on Monday (local time) than an American YouTuber and rapper, whose next stop was the local hospital after copping an injury in the wild event.

But the pain didn’t stop IShowSpeed (real name Darren Jason Watkins Jr) saying he wanted a second crack at the race.

“It looks scary, but once that first slide, you’re like, ‘you know what, I can do this’,” he told the BBC, despite his efforts reactivating an old leg injury.

“I want to do it again because I know how to win now.”

Dylan Twiss celebrates his victory. Photo: Getty

The race at Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucestershire, is an eccentric English tradition dating back to the 1800s that draws competitors from around the world.

Runners chase the four-kilogram cheese down the extreme 180-metre slope at breakneck speed in six races for men, women and children.

Competitors tumble, roll, slide and twist their way to the bottom, where their momentum is halted at the finish by a human wall of rugby players.

Twiss won the second men’s race on Monday (local time). The runner-up was a Brit, Ollie, who wore a gorilla suit.

The Australian said his original plan was to try to stay on his feet.

“Then I started rolling so I just had to go with it,” he told the BBC.

“Every time I found my feet were on the ground, I took another couple of steps.

“I got a gash on the leg that I didn’t notice before, but I’m not feeling it yet.”

Competitors tumble down Cooper’s Hill as they chase the cheese. Photo: Getty

Later he told Nine’s Today show: “The body’s mostly all in one piece. I’ve ended up with five stitches in my knee, but everything that needs to move is moving and the things that shouldn’t move aren’t moving.”

Twiss learnt about the event at a games night with his mates and decided he would fly to Britain to have a crack.

“I just said ‘I’m going to win this thing’, and I’m quite surprised that I did,” he told the BBC, which live-streamed the event.

Turning the camera to send a message to his mates, Twiss said: “Fellas, I told you I’d win it so, there we go.”

The women’s race was won by 23-year-old American Abby Lampe, who also won in 2022.

“I just remember rolling down and my face getting beat up again,” she said.

Lampe, whose face was caked in mud by the end of her race, said she had wanted to defend her title.

“There’s a little bit of pain, but it’s just going to be temporary,” she said.

She plans to ship her victory cheese back home to North Carolina.

Cooper’s Hill has hosted cheese rolling since the 1800s.

The event traditionally falls on the spring bank holiday Monday at the end of May.

The highest injury toll was in 1997, when 33 competitors suffered broken bones, splinters and other soft injuries.

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