Risk-takers frantically try to escape as bulls are unleashed in annual festival

Residents in a Spanish village celebrated the end of lockdown with a traditional bull run down its streets for the first time since the pandemic.

Locals in the village in Navarra either watched or took part in the famous Running of the Bulls as the beasts charged down the streets.

The event sees locals being chased by bulls as these adrenaline-junkies try their best to evade the charging beasts.

Participants were seen trying to reach the city centre before the bulls could catch up to them on the streets of Tafalla.

Many were fortunate to get through the event unscathed but others received a few hits from the bulls, as well as a couple tripping up as they looked to avoid them.

There were two bull runs held this weekend with both starting at 9am on Saturday and Sunday.

According to Diario De Navarra, there were injuries to participants this year and one of bull’s slipped before hitting a fence.

One young man had to be sent to hospital with a head injury, while another fell on his head after jumping over fencing to desperately avoid being hit by a bull.

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Two other people both suffered minor leg injuries.

As reported by Reuters earlier this year, the Mayor of Pamplona Enrique Maya had previously cancelled the event due to covid still being a big concern in the country.

The main bull-running festival, known as San Fermin, was cancelled earlier this year.

The usually packed out event in Pamplona has not been run since 2019.

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San Fermin is held to honour the patron saint of Pamplona and usually is hosted in July.

Many local businesses rely on the event as a huge part of their annual income as people from all over flock to the area.

The cancellation of the event was welcomed by animal rights groups with AnimaNaturalis saying: “There will be no bullfights in the city, which fills us with satisfaction. We believe they are not necessary to enjoy the festival.”

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