Helen Fines


Helen Fines is a British Fell runner who has represented her country and has placed highly nationally.

She has twice finished as the runner up in the British Fell Running Championship. She’ finished second in the English fell running championships twice too.  In 2011 she was a member of the English team in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. England won the team Gold, and Helen also won the individual bronze.  She has been picked for the Great Britain Mountain Relay team three times. Helen has won her age category in the English Cross Country championship.

In 2013 she won the English and British Fell Running Championships.  She also won Silent Valley race in Northern Ireland, despite recently recovering from norovirus. Soon after she won the Blisco – both races are mountain running events).  She also ran for England in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. Helen also ran for Great Britain in a mountain relay race in Poland.  This was a 26 mile race with 7500 feet of height gain (read more here).  

  • Individual bronze and team Gold in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships
  • Represented her country numerous times
  • Podium places in England and Great Britain

Turning vegan

Helen turned vegan in 2009.  She has worked as a vet since 1999 and through that and growing up in a rural community she saw many aspects of the way animals are treated.

“…over the yearsI began to think that the way we use animals for our own devices in all manner of ways is totally obscene, unfair, and above all unnecessary. I used to think that welfare-friendly farming was a possibility untilI saw too much at close hand- using animals for profit is mutually exclusive to welfare.”

“I suppose I think of veganism as a passive resistance to the status quo, I quietly refuse to participate in anything which uses animals for food, clothing, entertainment etc…., I feel my personal contribution lies in one-to-one conversations which may change people’s point of view or at least get them thinking, whether it’s colleagues or clients.

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