The bad thing about Sanfermin fiestas is that they only last for 9 days in all and the runners in the Running of the Bulls only have 8 events in all to get their fill of running in front of the bulls and to satisfy their longings for another while. Because when it is all over they must endure a long wait until the next 7th of July comes along next year. So, when you take the trouble to take part in the running, you have got to make the most of the opportunity.
And with this anxiety to experience a good running, and not to miss a chance to get close to the horns, you sometimes do not realize that there are other runners too, who have the very same idea as you. Thus, there are times during the event when you can see out-and-out “fights” to get into the best position in front of the bull: runners struggling and pulling, shoving and pushing, elbowing their way to the front… all common occurrences in the Pamplona Running of the Bulls. In today’s event, the most striking thing was to see – not two or even three runners – but five of them all at the same time trying to elbow their way into the best position as they ran down into the entrance to the bullring, struggling to get the best place in front of the horns.
As soon as the bulls pass, these runners pull apart and each one goes their own way. But, as most runners usually run the same stretch each day, no doubt tomorrow will see these same five runners in yet another enduring tussle for the best position. And, no doubt, once again they will walk quietly away when the excitement has passed.
Photos: Maite H. Mateo