Fiona Oakes has made a name for herself as an endurance runner apart from the rest. She is the fastest woman in the world to run a marathon on all seven continents and the North Pole in both cumulative and elapsed time. She has competed internationally in more than 50 marathons and set 4 marathon course records around the globe, including The Antarctic Ice Marathon. In 2015 Fiona ran 6 marathons in 6 days on 6 continents.
Fiona’s achievements are made even more astounding due to the fact she was told at age 14 that she would never walk properly, let alone ever run, after undergoing radical knee surgery to remove a massive tumor and her entire right kneecap. Fiona operates almost single handedly, an animal sanctuary, caring for nearly 400 formerly abused and neglected animals, all while training more than 100 miles a week in running.
Fiona 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 and was a nominee for the inspirational woman of the year award hosted by the Daily Mail in 2012. She has also given many radio and television interviews being featured on the BBC news. Fiona is the subject of a new feature documentary Running For Good by Keegan Kuhn, the maker of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. She’s also featured as an elite athlete in The Gamechangers – a new documentary about outstanding vegan athletes.
Fiona will give a talk on both Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September.