We are thrilled to announce Fiona Oakes will be joining us at our Dublin show to speak about her life as a vegan athlete, running an animal sanctuary and her foundation.
Fiona lives in Essex England where she runs Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary which provides a home for life to around 400 rescued animals, both domestic and ex-farm. In 2013 she became the fastest women in the history of the World to run a marathon on all 7 continents in terms of the total number of hours taken. She is also the fastest woman to run a marathon on all 7 continents plus the North Pole – both in terms of the aggregate time and the elapsed days – an incredible achievement but made quite extraordinary given her disability.
Fiona has broken five marathon course records – and still holds four to this day – The North Pole Marathon, The Antarctic Ice Marathon, the Ruska Marathon, The Dartmoor Vale Marathon and the Essex Championship Marathon at Halstead. She has completed over 50 marathons and a personal best of 2 hours 38 minutes.
Fiona was a nominee for the inspirational woman of the year award hosted by the Daily Mail in 2012, won the Vegan Society’s (UK) Vegan Achievement in its Diamond Jubilee year, IFAW Animal Advocacy Award in 2012, was voted VegFest best Vegan Athlete in 2012 and best Vegan Celebrity in 2014. She has also given many radio and television interviews being the featured guest on BBC Breakfast news in April 2013 after she broke the course record at the North Pole.
Vegan since the age of 6 years, Fiona is passionate about animals and works incredibly hard to care for all the rescues at her Sanctuary on her own with her partner Martin’s help at the weekends. However whilst the Sanctuary deals with the symptoms of abuse and exploitation, Fiona has created The Fiona Oakes Foundation to strike at the root cause of what she believes is the biggest single issue facing the world in which we live – sustainability. At the heart of this issue lays the human diet – the ramifications of which are far reaching and have a huge negative impact on the environment and human health.
Fiona is unique in that she really does walk the walk as well as talk the talk. She is working at both ends of the scale through treating the symptoms via the Sanctuary and striking at the cause through The Fiona Oakes Foundation.