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.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Day 3

Well, I hope you all appreciate the trouble I've gone to get on the blog I am sitting in a lounge with a 1.30 karaoke session!  HELP!!  Anyway, Matt is still doing well.  The weather yesterday was atrocious but he kept on going through wind and rain and many changes of clothes.  He spent nearly 10 hours on the road yesterday so by the time he got back showered and ate it was late, then his legs stiffened up , but after a massage from the crazy women with the deadly thumbs (ME), he was able to move again, so we did the same this morning too.  He set off later this morning and is going to take it a bit easy.  He did extra miles yesterday, combined with a shorter run  today, he's got less of a heavy day.  Thank you all for your comments and phone calls.  Keep them coming in, we both need them!

We've been lucky with the midges, hardly any.....and no bite, but the sea gulls here in Dornoch are something else...they tried to get in the tent last night!

The scenery is fantastic, even saw some seals/sea lions this morning , not sure which, I'll try and post a photo and you can choose.

Right, I'm going to try and upload some pictures...fingers crossed.........
This is Matt, with Louise and Robert who kindly ran with him on the first leg of his epic journey.  Thanks again to you both.
Matt in the 'zone'.

 A cheeky hen polishing off the rest of the pepper sauce left over from our steak.
First night's camp......

You choose, seals or sea lions?

The shores of Loch Brora where we stayed last night and tonight.

And one last one for now....Matt coming up to the 20 mile mark on his second day.
Remember me saying about the karaoke?  I forgot to mention it was for 10 to 15 year olds.....I'm the only one here apart from three members of staff.....they've just given up and legged it!

Well I must say this is a treat, a)being able to get connected and b) being able to upload some photos.  Bear with us, connections and battery life do  not always coincide. I will always do my best to keep you updated. Thanks again for all your support, keep it coming.................


  1. Looks like they are seals JB. Photos are great. So are you having chicken tonight ??!! Nice to talk to you this lunchtime. XX Love to Matty xx

  2. Now JB we know you like a karoake but to frighten off those poor youngsters with your singing is a bit much!. Nice to have a chinwag this morning and hope Matty has an easier day x

  3. Muttley Braveheart Halstead18 August 2010 at 14:53

    After you mentioned the seagulls, I'm having flashbacks to that Hitchcock film - The Birds !!. Sorry you wont be around tomorrow you seem to be busy, so I'll let myself in and have a kip on your bed!. Love & slobber Muttley x

  4. Hi JB,

    Just had the bushie update e-mail and gained access to the blog for a good ole catch up. Thinking of you both on your mega adventure. U both keep going, matty with your running of course and JB with your catering, driving, moral boosting, picture taking etc, etc. Glad all is going well so far. Take care and enjoy it! I know at times that may be hard to do. Were all behind you back at base camp. When you succeed in this venture you would have achieved something incredible that not many can claim to have done before. Something to be really really proud of. Keep going, Love Coz x