Who's faster: Me, or the bulls?

Who's faster: Me, or the bulls?

Who's faster: Me, or the bulls?

First published in News

MARATHON man Sean Lawlor’s next challenge will be a shorter, sharper and more dangerous race: The Pamplona Bull Run.

Sean, 44, from Shrub End, Colchester, has run marathons around the world.

Next Friday he will fly to the north of Spain and tackle the controversial Catalonian tradition – twice.

Instead of running 26.2 miles, Sean will only have to travel 826 metres.

However, he will have six 60-stone bulls charging him.

Sean said: “They do it every morning for a week, so I’m running Saturday morning and Sunday morning.

“The bulls are at one end of the town and you just run until you get to the bull ring, I presume.

“It’s not much of a run – it’s only five minutes – but of course you’ve got to run as quickly as possible.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

See Thursday's Gazette for more

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7:20pm Thu 26 Jun 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

I hope it gores you. It's disgusting that they use animals in this way. It might be entertainment for you but it's not for the poor frightened animal. Sickening. I hope this will be your last 'run'.
I hope it gores you. It's disgusting that they use animals in this way. It might be entertainment for you but it's not for the poor frightened animal. Sickening. I hope this will be your last 'run'. MaryPoppins87
  • Score: 18

8:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

PaulWagland says...

It takes a really big man to face a scared, confined animal with thousands of other people and first aid on stand by. Shameful stuff. I hope he sprains an ankle getting off the plane.
It takes a really big man to face a scared, confined animal with thousands of other people and first aid on stand by. Shameful stuff. I hope he sprains an ankle getting off the plane. PaulWagland
  • Score: 13

8:51pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Baba O'Reilly says...

It takes a really big man to wish harm on someone they don't even know from behind a keyboard
It takes a really big man to wish harm on someone they don't even know from behind a keyboard Baba O'Reilly
  • Score: -11

9:55pm Thu 26 Jun 14

PaulWagland says...

Baba O'Reilly wrote:
It takes a really big man to wish harm on someone they don't even know from behind a keyboard
A sprained ankle isn't really harm, considering what the bulls go through. It might end up keeping both man and bull alive.

Happy to state my views face to face, any time.
[quote][p][bold]Baba O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: It takes a really big man to wish harm on someone they don't even know from behind a keyboard[/p][/quote]A sprained ankle isn't really harm, considering what the bulls go through. It might end up keeping both man and bull alive. Happy to state my views face to face, any time. PaulWagland
  • Score: 14

2:01am Fri 27 Jun 14

Boris says...

This man will be all right provided he keeps ahead of the crowd (should manage that) and provided he doesn't slip. Most of the people who get killed are those who slip on the cobbles (often wet), or twist an ankle and can't keep running.
It sounds as if Mr Lawlor has not been to Pamplona before, in which case he would be wise to watch the run before having a go himself.
A friend and I went to Pamplona to do this run, but after spending all night drinking wine and eating tapas in numerous bars, we decided we were too "tired and emotional" to take part.
The bulls that chase the crowd during the run at 6 am are the same ones that will be killed in the afternoon at the bullfight proper.
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Contrary to the Gazette's rather hazy ideas of geography, Pamplona is not in Catalonia, where bullfighting was banned several years ago, but in Navarre, much closer to the Bay of Biscay than to the Mediterranean.
This man will be all right provided he keeps ahead of the crowd (should manage that) and provided he doesn't slip. Most of the people who get killed are those who slip on the cobbles (often wet), or twist an ankle and can't keep running. It sounds as if Mr Lawlor has not been to Pamplona before, in which case he would be wise to watch the run before having a go himself. A friend and I went to Pamplona to do this run, but after spending all night drinking wine and eating tapas in numerous bars, we decided we were too "tired and emotional" to take part. The bulls that chase the crowd during the run at 6 am are the same ones that will be killed in the afternoon at the bullfight proper. . Contrary to the Gazette's rather hazy ideas of geography, Pamplona is not in Catalonia, where bullfighting was banned several years ago, but in Navarre, much closer to the Bay of Biscay than to the Mediterranean. Boris
  • Score: -10

8:18am Fri 27 Jun 14

iwitness says...

Fantastic achievement on the marathons you have completed Shaun. Shame on you for what you are planning to do though. This is a tradition that should of ended years ago.

Maybe have a rethink Shaun and contact the Gazette with another story saying why you choose not to take part in this 'animal torture' event. I am sure there would be many more people respecting and praising you for that.

Anyone injured or killed in these events has absolutely no sympathy from me.

Google ''PETA running of the bulls'' to see what happens to these animals.
Fantastic achievement on the marathons you have completed Shaun. Shame on you for what you are planning to do though. This is a tradition that should of ended years ago. Maybe have a rethink Shaun and contact the Gazette with another story saying why you choose not to take part in this 'animal torture' event. I am sure there would be many more people respecting and praising you for that. Anyone injured or killed in these events has absolutely no sympathy from me. Google ''PETA running of the bulls'' to see what happens to these animals. iwitness
  • Score: 13

9:10am Fri 27 Jun 14

romantic says...

Hey, Gazette, if this guy gets publicity, I want to let everybody know about my forthcoming weekend clubbing seals in Canada, and then I thought I might go out and have a whale-harpooning session, just for the hell of it, because it'll be such a jolly wheeze.

Just because something is traditional doesn't make it something we should encourage. They used to have dancing bears in London and kids down the mines, shall we bring those back because they're traditional.

By all means, go and be part of a week where animals are scared, agitated and finally killed just for fun, but why the hell is the Gazette giving this publicity? He's not even raising any money for some worthy cause. Maybe if I arrange a dog-fight in a field, the Gazette would like to come and do an article on it....
Hey, Gazette, if this guy gets publicity, I want to let everybody know about my forthcoming weekend clubbing seals in Canada, and then I thought I might go out and have a whale-harpooning session, just for the hell of it, because it'll be such a jolly wheeze. Just because something is traditional doesn't make it something we should encourage. They used to have dancing bears in London and kids down the mines, shall we bring those back because they're traditional. By all means, go and be part of a week where animals are scared, agitated and finally killed just for fun, but why the hell is the Gazette giving this publicity? He's not even raising any money for some worthy cause. Maybe if I arrange a dog-fight in a field, the Gazette would like to come and do an article on it.... romantic
  • Score: 9

9:32am Fri 27 Jun 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Who's faster: Me, or the bulls?
Hopefully the Bulls!
Who's faster: Me, or the bulls? Hopefully the Bulls! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 7

12:18pm Fri 27 Jun 14

paddy16 says...

I wish you luck Shaun , I guess that all the people condemning your choice to take part in this historical event will be tucking into there steak meals and roast dinners this weekend.
As it states you don't agree with the ethic's and I'm sure that you won't be the one in the bullring at the end, so I for one will sponsor you as I'm sure many others will.
It's called freedom of choice people, there are things in life that happen in other country's that are traditional, the bull run has been going on for many many years, I am pretty certain that the doubters from the gazette won't stop the bull's from running next year or for many years to come.
I wish you luck Shaun , I guess that all the people condemning your choice to take part in this historical event will be tucking into there steak meals and roast dinners this weekend. As it states you don't agree with the ethic's and I'm sure that you won't be the one in the bullring at the end, so I for one will sponsor you as I'm sure many others will. It's called freedom of choice people, there are things in life that happen in other country's that are traditional, the bull run has been going on for many many years, I am pretty certain that the doubters from the gazette won't stop the bull's from running next year or for many years to come. paddy16
  • Score: -4

1:02pm Fri 27 Jun 14

wearebeingwatched says...

Fool!
Fool! wearebeingwatched
  • Score: -1

10:43am Sat 28 Jun 14

MatildatheMagnificent says...

Oh look, the keyboard warriors have all turned up on coach together.
I hope he dies a painful death. I hope the bulls eat him. They should quarter him and place a body part on the each gate of the city as a warning to others. I'm off to get sponsors for my seal clubbing weekend.

Sean...a gentleman with some great standing in this town, actually goes out there and achieves. Only this year he took 8 new runners through the London Marathon raising huge amounts for children's charities.
He does this every year. In his own time. Spending time with others to help them train and in turn allow them to make their own achievements. Raising money for those less fortunate.

But no...there will always be those who sit in the comfort of home and find fault. Point the finger.

From attacking the Gazettes fairly hazy geography to claiming animal cruelty.

On the Gazette mistakes. Please get a life. Meet a girl or boy or both and find some happiness. Your life is obviously far too empty for this to concern you so much.

On the animal cruelty front....yes it's fairly high on the crap stick. But so is intensive farming, forced pricing from supermarkets.
Please tell me you are all devout vegans who live the good life.
No ...thought not. Leather shoes, pork pies, red wine...the list is endless. Your are consumers of animal cruelty every day.
You probably only eat fish with the head removed.
If anything the bull run is honest.

Hang your heads in shame, for you are the bickering jealous middle classes our parents should have warned us about.
Oh look, the keyboard warriors have all turned up on coach together. I hope he dies a painful death. I hope the bulls eat him. They should quarter him and place a body part on the each gate of the city as a warning to others. I'm off to get sponsors for my seal clubbing weekend. Sean...a gentleman with some great standing in this town, actually goes out there and achieves. Only this year he took 8 new runners through the London Marathon raising huge amounts for children's charities. He does this every year. In his own time. Spending time with others to help them train and in turn allow them to make their own achievements. Raising money for those less fortunate. But no...there will always be those who sit in the comfort of home and find fault. Point the finger. From attacking the Gazettes fairly hazy geography to claiming animal cruelty. On the Gazette mistakes. Please get a life. Meet a girl or boy or both and find some happiness. Your life is obviously far too empty for this to concern you so much. On the animal cruelty front....yes it's fairly high on the crap stick. But so is intensive farming, forced pricing from supermarkets. Please tell me you are all devout vegans who live the good life. No ...thought not. Leather shoes, pork pies, red wine...the list is endless. Your are consumers of animal cruelty every day. You probably only eat fish with the head removed. If anything the bull run is honest. Hang your heads in shame, for you are the bickering jealous middle classes our parents should have warned us about. MatildatheMagnificent
  • Score: -1

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