Kiwis have a history of doing well at this cheese rolling contest.
The premise is simple enough. Stand at the top of notoriously steep Cooper’s Hill in the village of Brockworth in England’s Gloucestershire, and chase a 3.6kg circle of cheese (Double Gloucester, of course) to the bottom.
The winner is the one who gets to the bottom or grabs the cheese first.
But it’s more of an extreme sport than it sounds.
The mud, slippery grass and sharp incline of the hill have taken their toll over the years, so much so that the event was cancelled in 2009 over health and safety fears.
But rebel cheese rollers decided to hold it anyway and, after a year’s hiatus, the tradition was officially revived, although sprained ankles and broken bones are still common.
The more than 200-year-old tradition, held on the last Monday in May, attracts thousands of spectators and competitors from around the world, with Kiwis and Aussies often performing well.
Brockworth is close to the city of Gloucester, home to one of England’s loveliest cathedrals, and 12th-century Tewkesbury Abbey, one of its largest churches.
A hike from Tewkesbury to the top of Bredon Hill will take you to an iron age fort.