A test of speed and bravery in Pamplona

Comment on this story
Copy of iol travel july 8 Spain San Fermin [1] AP A red sash, a typical piece of clothing for people who take part at the San Fermin festival, is worn by a festival visitor in Pamplona.

Pamplona - One person was gored as thousands of thrill-seekers tested their bravery and speed on Monday by dashing with fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.

Jose Aldaba, a spokesperson for Spain's Red Cross, said four people were taken to a city hospital for injuries sustained in the 8am run, the first of the annual San Fermin festival. One was gored in the thigh.

A statement from the Navarra regional government said the four were Spaniards but none was in serious condition.

The run sees people racing with the bulls along a narrow 930-yard (850-metre) course from a holding pen to the city bull ring.

It lasted just over two minutes.

Dozens of people are injured each year in the “encierros,” as the runs are called in Spanish. Most get hurt in falls.

Copy of iol travel july 8 Spain San Fermin Spanish mounted bullfighter Roberto Armendariz, during a horseback bullfight at San Fermin Fiestas, in Pamplona. AP

Fifteen people have died from gorings since record-keeping began in 1924.

The nine-day fiesta was immortalised in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.

The bulls, which take part each morning are invariably killed by matadors in evening bull fights, and their meat is served up in Pamplona's restaurants. - Sapa-AP

Get our new, free Travel newsletter - subscribe here...

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines