Ambulance crews had their hands full when 25 people were injured in a cheese-rolling competition in western England. Competitors chased large wheels of cheese down a steep hill, leading to injuries.
Dozens of people took part in the strange event before a crowd of 3,000 laughing and cheering spectators.
Participants raced 200m down a hill as they chased after a wheel of cheese decorated with a blue and red ribbon. Many slipped, somersaulted and tumbled their way to the bottom during the five races that were held.
Of the 25 people hurt, 12 were spectators, one of whom was hit by one of the hard pieces of cheese, which are about the size of a dinner plate.
However, only two people needed to be taken to the hospital.
The organizers said the number of injuries was lower than usual. The wet weather helped protect the racers, as they were able to slide down the hill rather than fall and crash, said organizer Richard Jefferies.
"It's been a very successful year," he added.
One of the winners was Chris Anderson, 18, who knocked himself out to get a prize.
Afterwards, the dazed winner said, "I just ran, fell and hit my head. I feel sore but it was definitely worth it."
First prize in each race was a big piece of cheese.
People from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the US travel to the hill every year to take part in the race. (afp)
1. How many people were taken to the hospital during the race?
2. According to Richard Jeffries, what kept competitors from getting hurt?
a. They wore special padding.
b. The grass was thick and soft.
c. The ground was wet.
3. Compared to last year ...
a. there were more injuries this year.
b. there were fewer injuries this year.
c. the number of injuries was the same this year.
4. After he got knocked out, Chris Anderson said ...
a. it was worth it.
b. he wished he hadn't done the race.
c. he didn't feel hurt at all.
Ans: 1.a 2.c 3.b 4.a