Asheldham marathon runner and record breaker left thousands out of pocket after plane stranded in Antarctica

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

A record breaking marathon runner is under financial strain after having to fork out £12,100 to get home.

Fiona Oakes was forced to use sponsorship money destined for her animal sanctuary in Asheldham to pay for a flight from Chile, after becoming stranded in Antarctica.

Ms Oakes, who broke two world records and set a third after running a marathon on each continent, had already paid £5,700 for return business class flights from Chile for herself and mum Meg.

But Air France charged another £6,400 when they missed their connecting flight due to planes being grounded in Antarctica.

Air France waived the £1,200 for extra charges and donated a £1,000 to the sanctuary but will not refund the full £6,400.

A spokesman said the company was "deeply sympathetic" to the problems she had encountered but it is normal practice for the cost of any delays to be covered by a good insurance travel policy.

Full story in this week's Maldon and Burnham Standard.

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9:48pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Jaq Boc says...

sorry but are you saying this young lady had no travel insurance?
sorry but are you saying this young lady had no travel insurance? Jaq Boc

11:57pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Goomynuts says...

"Fiona Oakes was forced to use sponsorship money destined for her animal sanctuary in Asheldham to pay for a flight from Chile"

Business Class?

I'm sure all her sponsors were just relieved that she had such a comfortable flight home.
(or do I detect a slight 'slant' in the reporting???)
"Fiona Oakes was forced to use sponsorship money destined for her animal sanctuary in Asheldham to pay for a flight from Chile" Business Class? I'm sure all her sponsors were just relieved that she had such a comfortable flight home. (or do I detect a slight 'slant' in the reporting???) Goomynuts

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