Girl vows to return to bull run after being knocked unconsious

Sue Stalker and Kayleigh McManus enjoying the Running of the Bulls in Spain
Sue Stalker and Kayleigh McManus enjoying the Running of the Bulls in Spain

A Portadown woman who was knocked unconscious during a Spanish Bull Run has vowed to return to the same festival next year.

Kayleigh McManus was hospitalised after taking part in the Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona earlier this week.

Kayleigh McManus

Kayleigh McManus

The 28-year-old red-head might have been an obvious attraction for the bulls however she was hurt in a collision with another runner during the stampede to get away.

Kayleigh was taken to hospital with a neck brace but later laughed off her injuries.

She said, “It’s the first time I’ve been to the Running of the Bulls festival but the third time I’d run since it started.

“I’ve seen it on the television and always wanted to run, it was like a dream for me. The shock of the injury hasn’t taken away my wish to keep on running.

“The adrenalin is incredible. I feel like I’m on top of a mountain when the run finishes. I’ll definitely try and come back next year.”

Doctors diagnosed concussion after performing a CAT scan on Kayleigh and gave her the all-clear to leave hospital.

Kayleigh and her friend Sue Stalker from Lurgan arrived in the northern Spanish town of Pamplona on July 4 for the nine-day festival which happens every year.

Sue, who works in ASDA, also vowed to return to the Spanish festival despite also suffering a mild head injury after another fellow runner ran into her during the stampede.

Sue, a 38-year-old mum of three, fell backwards, hitting her head on concrete.

“I was seen by a hotel doctor who told me to sleep it off. I forced myself to run the next day as I didn’t want to have a fear of it. It was absolutely terrifying. There is nothing as scary,” said the Lurgan mum.

Originally from England, Sue was introduced to the Running of the Bulls by John Hemingway, grandson of American author Ernest. “As a little kid I saw it on TV and always wanted to do it.”

This year Sue brought her friend Kayleigh. Despite the incident Sue also vowed to return next year.

Other runners weren’t quite so lucky. A bull gored three men after breaking away from the pack chasing crowds through Pamplona in the closing run of the San Fermin festival earlier this week.

The animal charged several runners in the town, lifting at least two of them off the ground on its horns and ripping through their legs.

Two Australian men were wounded - one of them, a 26-year-old, seriously - alongside a Spaniard, 21, from the surrounding Navarra region, said authorities. The nine-day festival has witnessed 14 fatalities caused by running with bulls over the past 100 years at Pamplona.