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Bull attack horror on Sheffield runner

Simon Coldrick

Simon Coldrick

A runner has undergone surgery in hospital after being trampled by a bull as he led a race in Sheffield.

Simon Coldrick was taking part in a race organised by Totley Athletics Club when he was rushed by a herd of cattle, thrown into the air by a bull, and trampled.

He was leading a field of around 200 runners when he was attacked in a field near the top of Limb Valley, near Ringinglow.

Simon, in his 30s, a member of the Pennine Fell Running Club, was surrounded by the herd, but managed to crawl for protection into a bush where the bull, cows and calves were unable to reach him.

He was helped at the scene by horrified fellow runners, race marshals and competitors, until paramedics arrived and transferred him to the Northern General Hospital.

He suffered several fractured ribs and underwent surgery the next morning to strengthen his rib cage with a metal plate.

Steve Terry, secretary of Totley Athletics Club, which has organised the race for two decades, said members were shocked - and said the route of the race will now be reviewed.

“We have organised the race for 20 years and never had this before,” he said.

“We will have to think about the route we take for this race in the future.”

He said the field, which regularly contains a herd of brown cattle, formed part of a route used regularly for the race and by fell runners.

“We’re all really shocked by this awful incident,” he said.

“I have never heard anything like it before in terms of runners being trampled by cows.

“I heard there were 20 to 30 cattle in the field and it was just one which attacked him.

“It happened during a thunder storm, so we are wondering whether the weather had spooked them.

“Runners and marshals helped Simon at the scene and called for an ambulance.

“Everyone’s thoughts are with Simon and we hope he makes a full recovery.”

Steve said runners sign a form at the start of each race ‘accepting responsibility for their own health and safety’.

“Fell runners before the start of any race sign a declaration form taking full responsibility for their own health and safety, but we always try to give as much advice as possible in advance, although it tends to be about kit and the weather, for example - cattle have never been an issue before.”

A friend who was running in the race with Simon said he had passed on a message thanking everyone who helped him.

Simon, a keen athlete who is also an accomplished climber and cyclist, had travelled to Sheffield from Chinley, Derbyshire, for the Tigers Todger race on Wednesday evening.

 

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