Nikki Giles recovering from a freak bull attack. Photo Contributed
Nikki Giles recovering from a freak bull attack. Photo Contributed Contributed

Athlete bears brunt of gruff bull’s bad day

WHEN Nikki Giles considered ticking the Running of the Bulls off her bucket list, she had envisioned a busy street in Pamplona; not a dirt trail at Eungella.

But Ms Giles, a keen triathlete, got a bit more than she bargained for during routine mountain bike training recently.

She was training for the weekend's 18hr Dark Side adventure challenge in Ipswich with two of her team mates when they came across a bull on the loose.

Ms Giles said cattle were a common sight on this particular trail, a 70km ride between Eungella and Pinnacle, thus the group reacted by simply shooing it away.

"After about 1km, shooing it away several times, it decided it didn't want to go any further," she said.

"It went after Wayne (Zahra), who was first in line, but he ran up an embankment to get away from it. It decided that was too hard and turned towards me."

Ms Giles said the bull flipped her into the air and she came down on her stomach before the bull continued its rampage by stomping on her leg and ramming her in the back.

The triathlete said if it wasn't for the 3L Camelbak she was wearing, she would have been gouged by the bull's horns.

She waited two hours for emergency services to reach her before they took her for scans and cleared her of any major injuries.

"It was pretty full on but I've got no broken bones and no gouges so I'm extremely lucky," Ms Giles said.

"I'll have a bit of physio when the swelling goes down and then I hope to be back out there in two or three weeks."

Ironically, the adventure race Giles was training for was postponed until next year, and Ms Giles said she'd be back in training for it as soon as she had recovered.

But she's had a rethink about running with the bulls in Spain.

"I was watching it on TV a while ago and I said to Wayne it might be something I'd consider one day," she said. "Not anymore, though."



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