One For History


This email was sent to the editor by Tim Hatfield, aka Leroy, by way of Joe Distler on what would have been Ernest Hemingway’s 117th birthday. While he writes about his recent experiences on the smaller bull-runs of Old Castille on his personal blog – – I have been told to get this up ASAP. Sorry for any errors in the edit.

Lucy Gould

Deputy Editor

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Tim Hatfield
To: Joseph Distler
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:45 PM

Joe……..please pass this along to Alexander (I don’t have his email address) and anyone else you think would be interested in seeing it………..and thank you for the photo of my last encierro and for sharing the run with me.

During this years feria Stephen O’Connor gave me the wonderful photo I have attached which includes ten people most all of us know and with his permission I am passing it on.

This photo was taken July 13th 1980 and two runners were killed during the encierro that day.


The people in the photo:

#1…Jeff Raff

#2…Tom Gowen

#3…Matt Carney

#4…Stephen O’Connor

#5…Noel Chandler

#6…Davy Crockett

#7…Jesse Grahm

#8…Leroy Hatfield

#9…Joe Distler

#10..Greame Galloway

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History of July 13th 1980:

13th July, 1980. Vicente Risco and José Antonio Sánchez Navascués

Ranch: Guardiola Fantoni
Bull: “Antioquio”

Vicente Risco
(29 years old, Badajoz)
Section: Bullring

José Antonio Sánchez Navascués
(26 years old, Cintruénigo, Navarra)
Section: Plaza del Ayuntamiento

One of the longest-lasting runnings in the whole history of the Sanfermines – it took 10minutes and 55 seconds and which resulted in the death of two runners, both of which were killed by the same bull, “Antioquio”. This was not the first time that the same bull had taken two lives in the same morning; 33 years earlier, “Semillero” had gored two runners to death on the fateful 10th of July, 1947.

On the deadly morning of the 13th of July, 1980 the whole length of the route was packed with runners and when the bulls were released from the pen they found a crowded mass of fleeing bodies in front of them. Once out of the pen the bulls charged in a pack up the slope of Santo Domingo street.

Just at the spot where the old Public Baths were to be found one of the bulls, “Antioquio” slipped and slid to the ground and got separated from the rest of the pack for the remainder of the run. Always an ominous augury in any of bull-runnings. The bull lifted itself and continued its charge forward although it was now a good distance behind the rest of the pack. Charging into the Town Hall square, just beside the Casa Seminario, the bull knocked one runner aside and charged straight at José Antonio Sánchez a young man running in front. It was a clean goring and the young man was dragged along by the horns for several meters almost to the entrance to Mercaderes.

A friend of the young man also running later related how he had shouted to José Antonio to watch out as the bull had turned dangerously towards the right side on getting to its feet, and this is always a dangerous sign, but within seconds he saw how his friend was gored and dragged along the street by the bull. Once tossed off by the bull, the First-Aid Unit rushed in and got the badly-wounded man quickly into an ambulance and rushed to the hospital. But despite giving a blood transfusion of more than 15 liters of blood, his heart stopped beating and the runner passed away at 10.30 in the morning.

“Antioquio”, who had continued its solitary run, came charging into the ring. It turned towards the right and charged towards a young man, Vicente Risco, and caught him on its horns. The bull tossed him off and the young man was left kneeling in the ring holding his shocked hands to his gored stomach from which blood was pouring profusely. The crowd roared in consternation and some runners rushed towards Vicente to help him away. But the bull had time to turn and charge again and gored him repeatedly before leaving him mortally wounded.

The bleeding runner was rushed away to the medical infirmary within the bull-ring, but to no avail. The severe goring meant that there was nothing the doctors could do to save him.

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