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Tuesday 21 November 2017

'I didn't tell wife I was running with bulls' - injured man

Stephen Tighe in hospital Photo courtesy of Diario de Noticias
Stephen Tighe in hospital Photo courtesy of Diario de Noticias

The Irishman injured during the first San Fermin bull run took time out from a stag party to risk his life, keeping his decision from his wife.

Electronics engineer Stephen Tighe (39), from Nass, decided to head to Pamplona and run with the bulls for the first time on Friday after travelling to the northern Spanish city of Bilbao for a party with 15 friends.

The group had planned to see the three-day Bilbao BBK Live rock and pop festival, which ended on Saturday and featured a headline performance by Depeche Mode.

However, Stephen spent most of his weekend in hospital after colliding with another runner and suffering chest injuries.

Speaking to the Herald last night, Stephen said he was doing well and was recovering from his injuries.

"I'm 100pc and I'm out of hospital," he said.

All-clear

It is understood Stephen only told his wife the gravity of the situation after being admitted to hospital.

He was planning to return to Ireland after being given the all-clear to leave hospital following his unexpected 48-hour stay.

The keen sportsman, who once swam between Alcatraz and San Francisco, broke off from his trip to Bilbao to head to Pamplona with a thrill-seeking pal.

He told before leaving his hospital bed how he was trampled by the pack of bulls after falling to the ground near the start of the half-mile course.

He told a local newspaper: "With everyone running at the same time, it was very difficult to move.

"I don't think I'll be able to go to the BBK but it would have been a shame not to have come to Pamplona when I was so close."

Stephen, who went to hospital after feeling pain in his chest, added in his short hospital interview: "My wife just said to me when I told her, 'why did you do that?'.

"At least it's not serious and I can tell the story."

Last month, Stephen and a pal took on a daredevil swim through shark-infested waters from the notorious prison island of Alcatraz to San Francisco.

That adventure was all done in aid of charity.

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