IT was a cheese roll competition like no other.
Twenty-nine competitors, of all ages, took part in the inaugural Southland Cheese Roll race in Bluff on Sunday.
Lee St was transformed into a mini Baldwin St, Dunedin, with a menagerie of contraptions from a small Lego-built truck to a toy truck with a Crazy Frog at the wheel, using gravity to propel them down a section of the steep hill, or at least try to.
Each contraption, which could be pre-built or custom-built, had to contain a small cube of cheese, hence the cheese roll title, which had to remain encased at the end of the heats and finals.
Even a deflated basketball was transformed into a cheese-carrying contraption.
Fourteen entries took part in the Babybels section (12 and under), with the same number of entries in the Mature section (13 and over), and one entry in the Platter section for groups and corporates.
Logan Strang (6), of Otahuti, won the Babybel section as well as the Big Cheese Award with Tonka competing with the finalists in the three sections. Debbie Kennard, of Pukemaori, won the Mature class with Hillbilly Rebel with the Crazy Frog, and Lindsay Howley, of Mossburn, with Little Lindsay, was the winner of the No Rolls Barre Finale all-in race. The only entry in the Platter section was the Invercargill City Council parks and recreation entry, Speedy Foil.
It was all a lot of fun, with the proceeds of the event going to New Zealand Red Cross, which hosted the event, New Zealand Red Cross Humanitarian development engagement manager Southland Callum Clark said.