Pamplona Running of the Bulls 2015: Three men gored and 10 hospitalised on first day of festival

The run lasted just under two and a half minutes and saw one man gored in the chest

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Wednesday 08 July 2015 11:57
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People watch as Jandilla fighting bulls and revelers run during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain
People watch as Jandilla fighting bulls and revelers run during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain

Three men have been gored and a further 10 taken to hospital with injuries sustained in the infamous Running of the Bulls festival held in Pamplona, Spain.

Officials have said that one of the men gored is a 30-year-old Briton, and the other two men are both American, aged 27 and 38. None are thought to be in a serious condition, the festival's press office said.

The men were injured in a run that lasted just two minutes and 23 seconds, in which hundreds of men wearing white clothes and red scarves were chased by six bulls through the narrow streets of the northern Spanish city.

Tuesday morning’s run, the first of the week-long San Fermin festival, included six bulls from the Jandilla ranch in the rural western Spanish region of Extremadura, reportedly known for the ferocity of the bulls.

The run sees people running with the bulls from a holding pen along an 850-metre route to the city’s bull ring. While the festival is just one of many Spanish events that involve bulls, San Fermin – which has eight bull runs in total - attracts hundreds of revellers each year, many from abroad.

San Fermin also featured in Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises.

A total of 15 people have died from gorings at San Fermin since 1924, when records began.

Additional reporting by agencies

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