ORGANISERS of this year's rogue cheese roll are adamant the tradition of rolling a Double Gloucester was maintained, despite a foam cheese being used.
During this year's unofficial event, held last Monday on Cooper's Hill in Brockworth, fake cheeses were used during the zany races which see participants race down the steep slope.
Critics said the races didn't count as a real cheese hadn't been use.
Real cheese has been chased down the steep 200-yard drop since at least the 1820s, but during the war years a wooden one was used.
One organiser, who wished to remain anonymous, insisted the tradition was continued.
She said: "During the morning before the race, at about 10.30am, a group of us went to the hill and we test-rolled a real cheese and a fake, foam cheese. We all decided that the foam cheese rolled better so therefore we decided to use that for the races. So the tradition was carried on and it means a real cheese has been rolled down the hill every year. We will have to see what happens next year, but we may well do the same thing and see which rolls better on the day."
In the lead up to this year's event, cheese maker and gran Diana Smart, 86, was advised not to provide the Double Gloucester by police, sparking controversy with some people thinking the event would not go ahead.
Despite that, some 5,000 revellers arrived at the hill on Bank Holiday Monday.
Meanwhile, king of the hill Kenny Rackers, from Colorado, who won the opening race and the uphill race, has lost his Double Gloucester in transit back to the USA.
He said: "They lost my bags and I haven't got it back yet – I'm a little worried about Customs."