Record-breaking marathon woman Fiona back home after being stranded in Antarctica

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Fiona Oakes with her medals Fiona Oakes with her medals

A triple world record breaker is finally back home to care for her 400 animals after bad weather left her stranded in Antarctica.

Subject to validation by Guinness World Records, Fiona Oakes holds the records for the fastest woman to complete a marathon on each continent and the North Pole (in both elapsed time and aggregate time), and is the fastest woman to complete a marathon on each continent (in aggregate time).

But celebrations were shortlived after extreme weather conditions grounded plans and she was trapped in Antarctica for five days in temperatures of minus 20C.

Fiona, who owns Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary in Asheldham, missed her connecting flight from Chile.

Supporters and relatives helped scrape together £6,500 to get her home on Friday, otherwise should could have been stranded until mid December.


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