Briton gored in groin on last day of Pamplona bull run

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A bull rammed his horns into the groin of a British tourist on Wednesday as 11 people were injured on the last day of the Pamplona festival in northern Spain, the regional government said.

The 24-year-old man from Yarm in northeastern England was in a "serious" condition in hospital during the eighth and final bull run of the festival.

He was one of four people who were struck by the horns of a bull while the rest were hurt in falls as they raced through the narrow cobbled streets of the city pursued by the animals, a government statement said.

Another foreigner, a 26-year-old man from New Zealand, slightly injured his wrist in a fall during the run which lasted a relatively long four minutes and 23 seconds.

Their injuries brought to 11 the number of foreigners who were injured during bull runs this year: four from Britain, two from Ireland and one each from Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand and the United States.

The overall number of injured was 37.

The British embassy this year posted a warning telling Britons to seriously consider the risks if they join in the bull runs, which were which immortalised by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises".

On each day of the festival six bulls are released at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) to run from their corral over an 846-metre (yard) course to the bullring where they face matadors in the afternoon.

The bull runs have claimed 15 lives since 1911 and each year dozens of runners are injured.

The most recent death occurred last year when a bull gored a 27-year-old Spaniard to death, piercing his neck, heart and lungs with its horns in front of the hordes of tourists.

© 2010 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Redbull posted:

    on 14th July 2010, 20:39:52 - Reply

    Hi Redbull here,

    I always root for us bulls. If these dip shites are stupid enough to tease us and run with us, they need a good goring! Also, since they don't seem to care that we die for their sport, I cheer my buddies on when one has the luck to stick some dumb a s s onto the end of his horn. We bulls laugh loudest when one of these stupid wankers gets his nadz yanked off or we get a clean shot at a kill.