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Fiona's Done it Again!

Posted 28 August 2013

Congratulations to vegan advocate and inspirational runner, Fiona Oakes for coming third in the Adelaide Marathon this week. Fiona is on a mission to break the World Record for running the Seven Continents and Polar Ice Cap Marathons. And she is well on her way, with three marathons now completed. In fact, Fiona won two of them and came third in the other. Extraordinary!

When not training, Fiona runs Tower Hill Stables along with her partner, Martin and her mother, Meg. The sanctuary is home to 400 animals, including pigs, ducks, sheep, dogs, cats, and horses. Many of them are rejects from the farming industry – exhausted sheep too weak to produce milk for their young, lame cows deemed not worth treating – whilst others are the consequence of impulsive pet-buying: dogs who are ‘too much trouble’, unwanted kittens born to unspayed mothers, even a ‘pet’ pig whose novelty wore off. But their luck changes the moment they arrive at Tower Hill Stables, where they live out their days being well fed and much loved.

Fiona runs to raise awareness of the vegan diet and to prove that high-level athletic performance is in no way compromised by it. Fiona is plant-powered, fuelling her body with one hundred per cent animal-free nutrients.

Says Fiona:

‘My main goal is to dispel the common myths about veganism – that it is in some way a deficient diet, that you cannot perform at the top level in sport on it, that it does not sustain or lend itself to endurance and healthy living and also that it is hard to adhere to abroad.’

Having clocked up four marathon course records, Fiona proves anyone who thinks those things wrong, and is a fantastic poster girl for veganism. She will be running:

  • North Pole Marathon – April 2013. Completed! And won!
  • Europe (Isle of Man) – Sunday 11th August. Completed! And won!
  • Australia (Adelaide) – 25th August. Completed! Third place!
  • Asia (Omsk) – 22nd September.
  • Africa (Casablanca) – 27th October.
  • America (Fort Worth) – 10th November.
  • South America (Atacama Desert) – mid November.
  • Antarctica – end of November when weather permits!

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