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.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Day Four- end of

Sorry again.  The demands on Matty's time for looking after his body don't allow much time for him to blog, so you'll have to put up with me for a bit.

It's been a very tough day today.  Matt's left knee is giving him lots of problems and the blisters aren't helping much either.   It's now 10:20pm and we've only just finished eating.  We managed to get him a bath this evening so he's been giving his legs the ice and hot treatment, which after his massage feels like it did a lot of good.  Not nearly as many knotted muscles to work out and less painful for Matt too.
You think I'm joking about the cold baths, here's Matt sitting in cold water with his beanie on and his hands round a hot cuppa!  And you thought he was having fun...NOT!!

Look at those eyes...scared stiff of the dreaded thumbs to follow....

All joking aside, the traffic today was horrendous, all going far too fast, yes I know, we all do it, BUT you don't try and run a man off the road...which is what Matt came pretty close to today....I was scared and I was in a layby! Daring not to open the door for fear of it being ripped off in the bow wave as the traffic went past.  Tut Tut motorists, give a man a chance!

Saw some more seals today too.....aahhhh..

Matt on the road today...head down and well focused, run Forest!

A couple of pretty pictures to end with of the many bridges in this part of the country, this one is two miles long!

Invernesshire! Stunning or what?

And just to prove we really are here........going South....a long way South!

Go Matty GO!

Good night for now, me signing off at 10 minutes to 11, I'm shattered so I can't imagine what Matt feels like, but I do know he's still got a positive head on him and is praying that his body won't fail him.....keep up with the phone calls guys and thanks to those who have planned to join us for a day or two...please ring just to make sure where we's a BIG country...night night zzzzzzzzzzzzzz


  1. Im getting cramp just thinking about his legs !!
    You are both doing great.Far better than i would.
    Keep it up guys. We are all proud of you.
    Keep on running Matty !!

  2. I have driven over that bridge its stunning. Well i'm getting well into my new role and have appointed myself - Remote Support Unit Member. Have even phoned a campsite today, hopefully they should ring you later (if they could understand my yorkshire accent whilst pretending to be Jackie Bush!) x

  3. Writing on behalf of Chris:

    "Hello and good luck"

  4. Not being a Master Blogger like your good self JB, I've hacked (only kidding) my way into the blog and tried to update the route as best as i can x