Fiona Oakes is a record-breaking British long distance runner, author and founder of Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary. She has been vegan since she was six years old after going vegetarian at the early age of three or four.1Viva la vegan. 2012. Interview with Fiona Oakes: Vegan Marathon Runner. Available: https://www.vivalavegan.net/list/3-articles/294-interview-with-fiona-oakes-vegan-marathon-runner.html [Accessed 7 May 2020].
In 2012, Oakes completed the Marathon des Sables: a 154 mile race across the Sahara desert. The next year she became the fastest female to complete a marathon on each continent, the fastest female to complete a marathon on each continent and the North Pole, and the fastest female in elapsed time to complete a marathon on each continent and the North Pole. In 2018 Oakes broke her 4th Guinness World record by becoming the fastest female to run a half marathon in an animal costume in Tromso, Norway – she was dressed as a cow.
Fiona uses all the prize and sponsorship money she makes from her running to keep her sanctuary running.
In 2018, Oakes was the subject of Keegan Kuhn’s (co-director of Cowspiracy) film Running for Good.
“Injustive drives me and that’s injustice in the extreme towards our fellow creatures.”2Oakes, F. 2018. Fiona Oakes & Keegan Kuhn Are Running For Good. Rich Roll podcast. Available: https://www.richroll.com/podcast/fiona-oakes-keegan-kuhn-397/ [Accessed 7 May 2021].