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, 21 August 2010

Saturday 21st August

Hi, sorry to miss you yesterday, busy and no real time to catch up.  However, here we are.  Last night we stayed at Auchnahillin Campsite.  Pretty small, pretty muddy but very nice, in the middle of nowhere.  We met a nice family, also runners, that took the time to come over and have a chat to see what we were up to. They also made a very generous donation and an offer of their holiday cottage to stay over should we need it, so a BIG thank you to you.

I also need to say a big thank you to the remote team back at basecamp...Fran and Jan, who have helped me to rearrange things and update the plaves we are staying.

Matt is good today, his knee is feeling good, but we are not pushing it so only 15 miles again today.  Tonight we will be staying at the High Range site in Aviemore.  We are looking forward to having Jan come and stay with us for a few days starting journey Jan.

This morning we discovered that we'd driven 8 miles back to the startpoint with Matt's trainers tied to the front of the Landrover!  They got wet yesterday and were hung out to dry....they got a bit of an extra super air dry this morning!  At least they were still there and not lost

Matt wants me to tell you all that he is not shaving until he reaches Land's End.....OMG, shall we have a competition to see who can guess the length of his beard?  LOL.

I'll upload some photos later, but for now I must get on to the next camp and set up the tent, go shopping, and stuff.....from JB, the expedition chief, cook, bottle washer, psychologist, doctor, driver, minder,chef, tent erector, camp organiser, laundry person, and general go-fa.  Keeping watching this spot.....


  1. Blimey......not shaving til the end !! Just think how slower he will run with the wind in his bristles !! Sahve it off Matty youll be more streamline.
    Joey XX

  2. Thinking of tying my old trainers to the front of Chuggerboom as this is obviously a new trend! x

  3. Matty you are my hero!!! And for that reason i will not shave either!! Please hurry up mate coz mine is scarily ginger! Hope you're doin ok mate, was gonna give you a txt but my phone is bein shit so i thought i'd come on here. FIGHT THE PAIN mate you're a legend!:)

  4. Don't panic Matty but Jan is on the case.She's heading north with enough food to feed a Roman army on the march and enough vino blanc to float a small cruise liner, but most importantly those remarkable healing hands,afterall they got parts of my body working I thought had packed up years ago. Lets hope she can do the same for you, or simmilar if you know what I mean.

  5. LOL!!! Brill comments everyone...Dan......good about the beard,,what's wrong with GINGER???? they've been calling me that since I've been at school!! Rock on, and don't forget to take some photos of it!!