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A fighting bull stands alone, surrounded by a crowd of runners in Pamplona, Spain.

A fighting bull stands alone, surrounded by a crowd of runners in Pamplona, Spain.

A fighting bull stands alone, surrounded by a crowd of runners in Pamplona, Spain.

SEVERAL thousand thrill-seekers tested their bravery by dashing alongside six fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona on the first day of the running of the bulls at the annual San Fermin festival.

Despite a large crowd of participants, only four people were treated for injuries and no one was gored, officials said.

A 24-year-old Australian was being treated for bruising, as was a 44-year-old British national. A US citizen was also receiving treatment for a minor injury, as was a 36-year-old native of Pamplona, the statement said.

There was a moment of tension yesterday as the last bull became disoriented and turned around to look back at runners, but it entered the bullring without charging.

The run covers 850 metres from a holding pen to the central bull ring where the animals face matadors and almost certain death in bullfights.

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