The Vegan Society (UK) is entering the Great North Run 2010 to finally and completely smash the tired old myth of the 'weedy vegan'. The fifteen vegan runners have won their places in Team Vegan against stiff competition. Team Vegan is captained by elite marathon runner Fiona Oakes (photo right).
Amanda Baker from The Vegan Society said, "Good vegan diets can support impressive athletic achievement. Carl Lewis credits his 'best year as an athlete ever!' in part to the vegan diet he was following in 1991."
Team Vegan is a fifteen-strong all-vegan mixed team launched this week by The Vegan Society. Team Vegan Captain Fiona Oakes is an amateur living in Essex who ran the 2009 London Marathon in 2 hr 58 min 48 sec, coming fourth in the Women's over-40 category. (Gordon Ramsay ran 4 hr 5 min 2 sec in the same age group.)
The other team members are, from Scotland: Liz Begg in Angus, Alison Davie in Midlothian, Karen Page in Berwickshire and Andrew Rankine in Strathclyde; from Wales: Debra Confrey in Carmarthenshire, Cedric David and Helen Watkinson in South Glamorgan; from England: Chris Dhondee and Kate Vervain in Greater London, Regina Jorgenson in Cambridgeshire, Joël Lawson in Cheshire, and John Morsley in Bedfordshire; and from the Channel Islands, Terri O'Donoghue in Jersey.
The Great North Run is on Sunday 19 September 2010, between Newcastle and Gateshead. Launched in 1981, The Great North Run is the largest half-marathon in the world, with 54,000 runners expected to start this year.
The Vegan Society (UK) is a member of the International Vegetarian Union: www.ivu.org