Seven injured in Spanish bull running festival

An injured man is carried away by Red Cross staff
An injured man is carried away by Red Cross staff Photo credit: Reuters

At least seven runners have been injured, with one gored in the arm, on the fifth day of the week-long San Fermin bull-running festival in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.

On each morning of the centuries-old festival, more than a thousand people, many wearing traditional white shirts with red scarves, line the narrow streets to run from half a dozen specially-bred bulls heading for the bull ring, where the animals are killed later in the day.

The running of the bulls draws crowds of around a million people annually. 

The route runs for 875 metres through Pamplona's medieval streets, though most runners will sprint little more than 40 metres before being overtaken by the stampeding herd.

On Thursday, bulls bred at the Victoriano del Rio ranch in Guadalix, outside Madrid, were used in the run, which lasted just over two minutes.

Reuters

 

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