Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Fiona Oakes

Vegan
Obviously, the health benefits of being vegan are written in stone but I honestly believe the most benefit to me being vegan is that I do not carry the burden of guilt that I would have to endure knowing that I abused others for my own benefit".

Fiona Oakes is a vegan marathon runner (and also a firefighter and runs an animal sanctuary for over 400 animals): 

"I like to encourage people to think about veganism in a positive way. I try to break down stereotypes and myths attached to veganism by my actions. I am one of only 800 female fire-fighters in the UK - a job which people don't expect to see a female doing, let alone a vegan one. I run endurance events!” Fiona, vegan since her teens, not only runs marathons but partakes in extreme events! In 2013 she competed in the North Pole Marathon, in temperatures of -28 Centigrade.  She completed the event, won the women's race, came third to two male competitors and broke the women's course record by an amazing 45 minutes.