Running For Good is a feature length sports documentary following world record marathon runner Fiona Oakes, in her attempt not only to set a new global record in endurance racing, but to compete in the “toughest footrace on earth” the Marathon Des Sables, 250km race through the Sahara Desert.
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 5 marathon course records around the globe, including The Antarctic Ice Marathon. In 2015 Fiona ran 6 official 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 17 radical knee surgeries which ultimately led to having her entire right kneecap removed.
With overcoming her own adversity, Fiona’s true drive to achieve incredible feats of speed and human endurance are motivated by a deep desire to raise awareness for the plight of animals around the world.
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 has utilized the benefits of a Vegan diet for over the last 40+ years.
Running For Good will chronicle Fiona Oakes remarkable racing achievements, overcoming her childhood illness and disability, her incredibly demanding training and work schedule caring for 400 animals in preparation for the 2017 Marathon Des Sables.
Short list of Fiona's achievements:
- Fiona is a 2:38 marathon runner.
- National cycling titles (before changing to marathon running)
- 5th place in the Florence Marathon
- 17th place in the Berlin Marathon
- 8th place in Amsterdam Marathon
- 1st place in 2007 Halstead Marathon, in which she broke the Essex County Champion Course Record (which had stood for 9 years) by 11 minutes.
- In June 2010 Fiona won the Rovaniemi (Finland) marathon, and in doing so set a Guiness world women's record for the fastest marathon ever inside the artic circle.
- 10th place in Moscow
- 22nd place in London
- Fiona won the 2011 Great North Run half marathon (Masses Race)
- winning the Levi International Marathon (Finland) in a course record of 2.58 in
September 2011 - beating the old course record by 22 minutes. This was while wearing a backpack for training reasons.
- In 2011 Fiona entered the tough Dartmoor Marathon in training for a future event. She carried weight as part of her training, but still won the event by over 14 minutes.
- Fiona has completed the 2012 Marathon des Sables, a 156 mile event across the sand dunes and rough terrain of the Sahara Desert. She faced extreme temperatures of 51 Centigrade and suffered a broken foot days before the race began. Early on another entrant collapsed so Fiona dragged her to safety.
- In 2013 She took on 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.
- Later that year she became the fastest woman ever to complete a marathon on all continents plus the North Pole. She also set the Guiness world record for the shortest aggregate time for those runs.
- As part of that marathon series she set the course record for the Antarctic Ice Marathon.
- In 2014 she also attempted the Marathon des Sables again.
- in July 2014 she ran the Rio marathon and in doing so broke two of her own Guiness world records.
- In October and November 2014 she ran seven marathons in seven consecutive days, finishing with an emphatic win.
- In February 2015 she took on the challenge of running a marathon a day for seven days - each on a different continent.