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Thousands of people have gathered in Gloucestershire for the traditional cheese-rolling races on Cooper's Hill.The unofficial event has taken place despite warnings from police that organisers could be liable for legal action in the event of an incident.An estimated 3,000 people turned out to watch thrill-seekers chasing a foam copy of a double Gloucester cheese.The tradition, which takes place near Brockworth, Gloucester, dates back to at least the early 19th Century.'Dressed as ninja'This year organisers replaced the cheese with the lightweight foam version in order to make the downhill race safer.The event has taken place unofficially every year since 2009Winner of the first race, Kenny Rackers, 27 - an estate agent from Colorado Springs in the US - said he came over especially for the event, a journey of some 4,000 miles (6,400km)."I trained a long time for this and got hurt on the hill practising. I came three days early and I took a bad spill, but I came to win and that's what I did," he said."I came 3,000 or 4,000 miles just for this race. I put it on my bucket list and today it was to win and that's what I did."