Heath Fontes - The Gloucestershire Cheese Race (Where is Gloucestershire?,…
Heath Fontes - The Gloucestershire Cheese Race
Where is Gloucestershire?
Gloucestershire currently has a population of 565,000 people. Gloucestershire is part of Englands famous and beautiful Cotswolds regions.
Gloucestershire is an area in south west England. Not quite on the peninsula.
Gloucestershire has some towns with really cool names like Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tewkesbury and The Slaughters.
Getting to Gloucestershire
Currently airplane tickets from Istanbul to London are on ly 420TL.
If you are going to drive the M4 or M40 highway is the best to take.
Airplane is the easiest way to get to Gloucestershire. Heathrow airport is about 70 minutes (65 km) away. Gatwick airport is 2 hours drive away.
(James, Harry. “Gloucestershire Tourist Information & Travel Guide.” Gloucestershire Tourist Information and Travel Guide England UK, 12 Apr. 2017, www.cotswolds.info/gloucestershire/.)
England has an amazing railroad system. If you want to take the train from London to Gloucestershire take British Rail network with main line routes to London, the Midlands and the North and the South West of England. There is a direct link from Heathrow Airport. Trains from London depart from Paddington Station and have a fastest journey time of 1hr 40 minutes to Gloucester and 2 hours to Cheltenham.
Train tickets cost 48 GBP (260TL)
Weather in Gloucestershire in May
The average weather in the month of may in Gloucestershire is between 15C and 7C
Visitors in May can expect some rain. On average the region gets 10cm of rain during May.
The weather in England's Cotswold region is similar to Vancouver Canada in rainfall and overall days of rain per year.
(Kenny, Pauline. “Weather in the Cotswolds.” Cotswolder, 5 Feb. 2017, www.cotswolder.com/planning/weather-comparisons.php.)
Origins of the Cheese Race
Some historians believe that the cheese race can be traced back to Roman roots as far back as 54 BCE
The first written evidence of Cheese Rolling was found in a message to the Gloucester Town Crier in 1826, though it is clear that the event was already an old tradition even at this date.
In the past, the Cheese Rolling was only part of the annual Cooper's Hill wake.
Other events included such delights as 'wrestling for a belt', 'grinning (through a horse's collar) for a cake', and even 'shin-kicking'.
Today, however, the only other event to accompany the Cheese Rolling and uphill races is the children's 'scramble' for sweets.
History of Cheese in England
Facts about the Cheese Rolling Race
The Cheese that gets rolled down Copper's Hill weighs between 7-8 pounds (3.1 - 3.6kg)
The race always begins with the master of ceremonies saying
"One to be ready!"
"Two to be steady!"
"Three to prepare!"
"and four to be off!"
The Cheese Race website gets over 1000 hits a day. 8000 - 9000 hits during the month of May on years that the race is happening.
'Catchers' are placed at the bottom of the hill, as any contestant who reaches the finish still on their feet will be traveling far too quickly to be able to stop themselves.
(Jefferies, Jean. “Gloucestershire - Our Crazy County - Cheese Rolling: A Brief History.” BBC, BBC, 13 Nov. 2014, www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire/content/articles/2009/05/07/cheese_rolling_history_feature.shtml.)
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