Local lad takes bull by the horn

2015-07-22 06:01
Nathan Ingram from Port Elizabeth participated in the Pamplona Bull Run 2015 in Spain.

Nathan Ingram from Port Elizabeth participated in the Pamplona Bull Run 2015 in Spain. Photo: SUPPLIED

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AFTER the “longest two hours” of his life came “the most frightening sound in the world.”

That sound was the thundering noise of seven bulls charging down the narrow streets of Pamplona, Spain where Port Elizabeth’s Nathan Ingram participated in the annual Bull Run.

Ingram (25), a former Die Burger/Boardwalk Mr PE finalist, is currently working as a handyman in London, and decided to travel to Spain especially for the Bull Run.

Nathan described waiting for the release of the bulls as the longest two hours of his life.

“I was nervous, excited, and afraid. By 8am it was already 26°; then there was a loud bang and everyone started running. It sounded like thunder behind me as seven huge bulls charged - the most frightening sound in the world,” Nathan explained.

The Bull Run is an international tourist attraction with bulls running through the streets towards the bull ring. Participants run ahead to avoid being trampled or gored over the 825 metres. The run lasts between three and four minutes.

Nathan said that he had to constantly look in front and behind him as people were pushing each other.

“After running in front of the bulls for about 100m I jumped into a window frame and held on for dear life as the bulls roared passed me. I started running again and saw people lying in the road with injuries.

“With mixed emotions I jumped over a guy lying in the road with a serious head injury. There were a second lot of bulls coming up behind me. I ran like I’ve never run before, into the safety of the arena.”

Having done solo skydiving at the tender age of 16, he can be described as a bit of an adventurer.

He has been living in the UK for two years, and is planning on returning to Port Elizabeth at the end of the year with yet another adventure under his belt.

Nathan described the experience of the Bull Run as dangerous, yet exhilarating.

“I’m happy I did it, walking away with only minor scratches and bruises.

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