Fiona Oakes

Fiona Oakes

Ultra Marathon Runner & Founder of Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary

Fiona Oakes is a true animal advocate having dedicated her entire life to the promotion of veganism and animal welfare issues beginning age 3 when she became a self inspired vegetarian progressing towards veganism age 6 years..  She is a Triple Guinness World Record holder – records she set in 2013 being the fastest woman to run a Marathon on every Continent and the North Pole subsequently re-breaking 2 of these records in 2014.

Fiona runs purely to promote and showcase the benefits of a vegan lifestyle in a positive and proactive way and to silence the doubters, myths and misconceptions surrounding plant based living working in harmony with sporting excellence.  She is also an Elite Marathoner having won numerous Marathons and placed in 2 of the World’s Major Marathon Series with a PB of 2hrs 38 minutes and a highly accomplished ‘ultra’ athlete having completed the notorious Marathon des Sables – often described as the ‘toughest footrace on the planet’ – 3 times.

A retained Fire Fighter and accomplished and highly acclaimed public speaker, Fiona always considers her primary role and vocation in life to be sustaining and growing her animal Sanctuary, Towerhill Stables, which she started over 21 years ago.

The Sanctuary is run on an entirely not for profit basis and provides a forever home and Sanctuary to over 400 animals rescued from many dire situations including abuse, cruelty, neglect and exploitation.  Currently she is the subject of the Documentary – Running for Good – being made by Cowspiracy and What the Health Director, Keegan Kuhn the filming of which both at home in the Sanctuary and abroad racing, has taken up much of Fiona’s ‘spare’ time during 2017 .

Despite all this, Fiona isn’t slowing down and is currently planning her next running challenges for next year in conjunction with the promotion of Keegan’s film and the launch of the Documentary – The Game Changers – in which Fiona is also featured.  All these projects are factored in whilst caring for her beloved animals at the Sanctuary in conjunction with attempting to educate and illustrate the benefits of veganism to as wide and varied audience as possible.

More information about Fiona’s work and life can be found at


1:00pm - 2:00pm

Awakening the Activist Inside You

Fiona Oakes is the consummate and complete ‘animal activist’ having spent her entire life being aware and active for the animals.  Vegan since 6 years of age, Animal Sanctuary proprietor for over 20 years and triple Guinness World Record holder in Marathon events, accomplished and highly acclaimed Public Speaker – Fiona has spoken out positively, passionately and proactively for the animals in whatever she chooses to do.  In this talk Fiona will share her advice, experiences, key motivators, inspirations and aspirations and endeavour to demonstrate how to unlock your full potential for the good of others as she has endeavoured to do whenever and wherever she can.  The most important message being ‘everyone’s activism is equally important and potentially impactful’ and should be recognised and respected as such.  The greatest and most positive step you can take is to decide to do something rather than to ignore and do nothing in the belief you can’t make that much difference. 

Vegan Activists Corner full timetable


Running For Good (BSL interpretation available)

Fiona Oakes is hard to categorise.  Vegan since the age of 6, she is a triple Guinness World Record holder being the fastest woman to run a Marathon on every Continent plus the North Pole in both running time and days elapsed and an elite Marathoner, having placed highly in some of the World’s most high profile events as well as being a prolific winner of many road races ranging in distance from 5km to Marathon.  She is also an accomplished ultra runner having competed in many of the most gruelling events – including ‘the world’s toughest footrace’ – Marathon des Sables – three times.  Fiona is the founder of Towerhill Stables Animal Sanctuary, established over 20 years ago in order to provide a forever home to animals – both domestic and ex farmed – and is currently caring for over 450 of them.   Fiona is the subject of an upcoming film, Running for Good, being made by the acclaimed Director, Keegan Kuhn –  maker of the current releases Cowspiracy and What the Health – which aims to document a year in her life illustrating how her unique approach allows her to combine top level athletics with the day to day running of her animal sanctuary and public speaking engagements.  Fiona founded The Fiona Oakes Foundation in 2013 to promote veganism through sport and athletic achievement.  Having won many Awards and accolades for both her work with animals, sporting prowess Fiona dedicates her life to inspiring others to adopt an ethical vegan stance either by introducing them to, and allowing them to interact with, the animals at her Sanctuary enabling them to experience, first hand, their different needs, personalities, beauty, innocence and indigence hence enabling them to make the connection as to why it is so wrong to abuse them way.  She also actively advocates and illustrates the viability and sustainability of veganism by her amazing athletic achievements being globally in demand to speak about all her accomplishments on behalf of the animals.

Plant-Based Diets - Optimum Performance full timetable


Panel Discussion - Plant based tips for optimum performance

A group of high-flying vegan sportspeople discuss their success stories and how eating 100% plant-based helps with optimising their performance and recovery en route to success. 

Plant-Based Diets - Optimum Performance full timetable