‘Queen of the Extreme’ runner Fiona Oakes followed her Saharan and North Pole adventures with a relatively mild marathon in the Isle of Man (UK). The pressure was off because it was just part of her attempt to complete a marathon on all continents plus the Arctic in a short period – the race time itself didn’t matter.
Preparation was also hampered by a party in the hotel which left her arriving at the start line sleepless.
By accident Fiona found herself at the front after one of the two laps. “I certainly wasn't pushing hard. It was only when I came back through the Start for the second half of the race (2 lap course) that my Mum shouted to me to slow down as I was leading. At that point I had no idea where I was in the race or anything like that.” She then decided it would be a good chance to push for a victory and a championship qualifying time for London.
The course was described as ‘undulating but was actually quite hilly with “a real monster of a hill at mile 4 and 17”. At 20 miles someone called out the time and Fiona realised if she pushed on she would make sub 3.15. This qualifies for a London Marathon automatic qualifying for a Championship spot until 2015. It would also be great to get another vegan win!
She finished strongly in 3 hrs 12, about ten minutes ahead of the next woman.
This is just part of Fiona’s attempt to get into the record books by running a marathon in all areas, and she needs support.
Please see her website to see how you can help.