Churchman's lucky escape from bull stampede
A REVEREND has told how he was charged at by a herd of bulls on a fundraising trek around Anglesey ending with him underneath a collapsed gate cut and bruised.
The Reverend Mike Shephard walked 125 miles around the island to raise money towards a friendship centre at Babell Chapel in Penarn, Carmarthen, which opens later this month.
On day six of the trek between Beaumaris and Pentraeth Mr Shephard encountered a bull blocking his path.
He said: "I tend to be wary when entering a field of livestock but this was a solitary creature, some distance away from the rest of the herd.
"Even so I was afraid."
Mr Shephard said he was reminded of a sacred text from 1678 named Pilgrim's Progress which tells of two lions blocking the path.
He added: "It had a line in it which read: "Fear not Master Christian but go boldly forward keeping to the centre of the path.
"When the walker got closer to he lions he found they were chained and could not reach him."
Mr Shephard decided to boldly walk down the centre of the path believing the bull would move.
However, he explained: "This bull, unfortunately, had not read the Pilgrim's Progress.
"As I approached him he bellowed loudly and the next moment I saw a large herd of bulls bearing down the field in my direction.
"Losing any faith I possessed I ran reaching a gate as fast as my tired legs would permit and clambering breathlessly over."
He added: "The fact that the gate was unhinged, a bit like me at this point, and held up by twine went unnoticed by myself.
"My weight caused the twine to break and the down the gate fell, with me underneath."
Ignoring his cuts and bruises he managed to escape to the road before the bulls could reach him.
"It was quite an experience but I continued my journey and in aid of raising money for the friendship centre which we are starting this month."