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.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Friday 27th August - Shhhhh

Don't say it too loudly.............."THE SUN IS SHINING"....SSHhhhhhhhhh!  A very late night last night, by the time we'd driven 50 odd miles to the campsite, set up, showered eaten, washed up, done the washing and the drying....massaged limbs, caught up on phone calls.......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......

Early start too, as we had to travel 50 miles back to the drop off point for 8am! So, up, wash, tea and breakfast in bed for Matty (so, so spoiled!), then hit the road.  We are having to play 'catch up' a bit, as we are a bit behind on the miles side of things due to Matt's injuries. However, by the time we reach Preston and stay at Caroline's we should be back on track and only a couple of days behind.  so, what's a few extra miles by car?  I hope you are all keeping tabs on the movements so you can make a good guess at the total car mileage competition in the Garden House?  Are our postcards getting through?

Matt's going great guns today, in fact he's just passed me again.  I expect by the time I've finished this he'll be another 5 miles ahead of me...that man can MOVE when he puts his mind to it.   I'm afraid he just doesn't get the time to blog at the moment, perhaps Saturday he'll have a look and write something for you all if I pester him!  I'll also be able to upload some pictures I hope as we are staying in a hotel again so Matty can have a good soak and cold baths again...Brrrrr.  Speaking of cold...really getting cold up here at night now.....loads of condensation inside the tent......drip, drip.

MM (Matty Moon) blisters have almost healed, his heel doesn't hurt once he gets going, his shins don't bother him any more, but he is still having trouble with his left knee....duly strapped and taken care of.........his calves are definitely stronger......all-in all.....considering the task, he's doing jolly well!

Please keep those donations coming's what this is all about.....The Air Ambulance, which saved Taff's life, the Critical Care Unit that brought him through those first vital weeks, and the Specialist Rehabilitation Hospital where Chris is now making progress.......................we never know when we might need them.

Talk again soon...............the intrepid two.........


  1. Muttley "Moon" Halstead27 August 2010 at 14:22

    Well looking at the blog you are nearly halfway which is fantastic. Talking of Shhhhhhh.... i've had my little paws in the £2 jar at home. I then sneaked out of the dog flap, jogged to Attleborough, paid it in at the bank. Took out a credit card, jogged home (in true Matty style). Got online and made a small donation. Now gone for a lie down....x

  2. Run Matty run.
    Im off to the pub. I wont be running but i will have a pint for you both !!
    At least you both will have a comfy night or two soon !! No drips.
    Keep it up guys you are doin splendidly XXXX

  3. Muttley, you naughty boy! Stealing from the £2 jar...but sunshine, all in a good cause so keep your head down and hope that F&J don't notice, but I don't know how you're going to hide the credit card bill when it comes in! xxx missing you.