Trampled man 'in agony' after Spain's Pamplona bull run

A bull running over Tom Hadfield in Pamplona, Spain, on 8 July 2014 Tom Hadfield was trampled in Pamplona, Spain, on Tuesday

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A British man photographed being trampled during a bull run in Spain has described the "agony" he felt.

Tom Hadfield, from Nottingham, passed out and feared he had been paralysed after being injured during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on Tuesday.

Several other people were hurt during the traditional Running of the Bulls.

Speaking from his bed in Hospital De Navarro in the city, Mr Hadfield said: "It's a miracle they didn't crush my skull or break my back."

Mr Hadfield has been criticised on social media for taking part, with some people saying he deserved to die.

In response, he said: "I swear I didn't even know they killed the bulls afterwards.

"I am totally against bull fighting and any sort of cruelty to animals. I'm just an adrenaline junkie."

Tom Hadfield in hospital in Spain Tom Hadfield expects to be in hospital for the rest of this week

The 23-year-old travelled to Spain on Monday with friends, to take part in the bull run.

Mr Hadfield took part last year but told the Nottingham Post he probably would not be doing it again.

He suffered four fractured ribs and a punctured lung before being rescued and taken to hospital.

'Vomiting blood'

"I think a few of them trampled me," he said.

"I've never experienced pain like this before. It's agony.

"Afterwards I got up and carried on running for a bit. Then I started to get dizzy and found somewhere safe to keel over.

"Next thing I know, I'm vomiting blood on the street and there is a big crowd around me.

"Then I passed out and woke up in the ambulance. Pretty scary. I thought I was paralysed."

Tom Hadfield at the event in 2013 Tom Hadfield took part in the event in 2013

The Nottingham Trent University graduate, originally from Dunmow, Essex, expects to be in hospital for the rest of this week before flying home and returning to work.

Mr Hadfield said: "I did it last year and it was without doubt the best feeling I've ever had in my life.

"I guess I just thought I was invincible but now I realise I'm not."

Many people are injured each year, while 15 people are believed to have died since record-keeping began in 1910.

Peta protest on 5 July 2014 Groups including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) protest against the event each year
Runners chased during fourth bull run at San Fermin festival in Pamplona (10 July) Many people are injured each year

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