Everyone in Pamplona waits for the Miuras with something close to worship because the bulls are very, very big. The very small bullfighter, Ruíz Miguel used to always fight them in Sanfermines, and he couldn´t even reach their teeth. Today, the last “encierro”, was a fairly clean run with only a few minutes of tension at the entrance to the ring.
In only two minutes and 20 seconds, the bulls arrived at the plaza, having given little chance for the “mozos” to run in front of their horns because of their speed….and size. The herd had begun the route in an orderly fashion, all in a line that stretched out a bit in the Town Hall plaza. They took the dreaded curve of Mercaderes well with only one small incident.
Once on Estafeta Street, led by a reddish bull, the bulls continued their race in a straight fashion,passing by disappointed runners. Those “mozos” who tried found themselves in trouble, and there were many falls all along the stretch.
But things changed at the entrance to the ring when the bulls encountered one of the oxen that had fallen. Two bulls fell at the entrance, and it certainly could have been worse had there been runners underneath.
First reports indicate that there were 9 runners taken to the hospital complex of Navarra for traumas and contusions. Up-to-date in a short form in English can be found by consulting here.
This famous ranch from Lora del Río, that in 2016 celebrates 50 years coming to Pamplona for its “encierro” and bullfight and we all hope they will continue to come for 50 more.