Last year Fiona Oakes set some of the toughest World records available, including the fastest aggregate time for running a marathon on all seven continents, and the fastest for a marathon on all continents and the polar ice cap.
This achievement was all the more miraculous given that one of the marathons was at the highest average altitude of any known marathon route – the South American Volcano marathon. Finishing in six hours was very creditable in such hostile conditions where altitude sickness is inevitable, although this did increase the total time for the record significantly, as most of the other marathons were at elite pace.
This week an opportunity arose for Fiona to run the Rio marathon, which she expected to run much faster. Anything under six hours would bring the total down, and therefore break those two records.
Fiona ran the marathon in 3.09.36. This means that the seven continents record is less than 24 hours in total. Fiona also finished tenth in the women’s race, second in her category and just 21 seconds behind the category winner.
As well as raising awareness, Fiona hopes people will recognise the achievement by making a donation to her sanctuary (click here).