The Final Total!

Total Raised
A HUGE thank you to all who have contributed and helped along the way. Outstanding work!

The Story Behind The Run

The Story Behind The Run
Matt and Chris
The Story Behind The Run
On the 1st October 2009 Chris Taaffe's (28) life was literally turned upside down!

Chris was involved in a serious motorbike accident which left him in a coma for many weeks. He is a very good friend of mine and I, and his many friends, found this very hard to cope with especially as five or six weeks earlier he and I were canoeing in the Lake District blissfully unaware of what the future had in store.

Thanks to the rapid response of the East Anglian Air Ambulance he was given the best possible chance of surviving his horrific crash. The first 24 hours were crucial and everyone waited with baited breath to hear any news. It is impossible to imagine what his family went through that night. Chris was flown to Addenbrookes Critical Care Unit in Cambridge where he was given round-the-clock care and treatment by the best possible team of experts. He was there for a few months and then moved to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and then to the Colman centre for Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation. He is still there now and progressing well thanks to the amazing rehabilitation scheme and care that is in place for him.
I am writing this to ask for your help. I need to raise local support and awareness for my run in August/September from John o' Groats to Lands End to raise money for the three main organisations that helped get Chris through his ordeal. Without the expertly trained staff and medical teams involved in the organisation many people, including Chris, would die or have little chance of recovery. It's time to give something back.

I am an experienced runner having completed two London Marathons, I've also run Hadrian's wall (Newcastle to Carlisle) and now I plan to run the length of Britain to raise a significant amount of money to keep the Air Ambulance, Addenbrookes and the Colman Centre open for those suffering now and for those who may suffer in the future.

The run will be long, tough and emotions will run high but with your help and the help and determination of the six volunteers who are providing back up and planning, the goal will be achieved and we will raise many thousands of pounds to save lives...........................maybe even yours.

If you can help to promote or sponsor this worthy cause or provide funding towards the cost of the venture, I and my team will be very grateful indeed.

To donate please use the buttons on this page or send a cheque using the information provided.

Many many thanks


Job Done....

Monday 13th September at 12:19

Matt crossed the finish line at Land's End!

After 28.5 days and no days off!
He had a small deputation to greet him and was interviewed on radio Norfolk just before 1PM.

Saturday, 17 July 2010


Hi All,  if there is anyone out there still following the blog....thank you.  Preparations are well under way, campsites booked, vehicle prepared.  Matt is doing well with his training.  All is go, go go for the Big Run.  We still need your support, so don't nod off to sleep.  If you see Matt running, give him a toot and a cheer, he may not hear you as he'll be plugged in to his ipod, but he'll appreciated the gesture.

I'm going to try and put the route on in stages, not sure if it will work, but you will then be able to follow his progress day by day.  We are still looking for runners to run with him.  We have a few lined up for the Scottish bit, but if you can run, cycle, or just be there for him at any part of the run, please get in contact and I'll tell you where we will be and where we are staying.  If you can't do any of these, then give him a call and you can cheer him along by phone and stop his brain going dead from boredom!

T-SHIRTS - there are still some left, in large and xl, we are on our second batch now, so get them while you can and help the charities at the same time.

That's it for now.  Keep watching for updates to the blog and especially when he gets on his way on 16th August...