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, 28 August 2010

Saturday 28th August......Lockerbie in sight

Today is the day I want to pick Matt up and run with him on my shoulders........

Another early start today, away from the camp at 7.15 ish.....definitely not enough sleep!  Very cold last night although Matt says he wasn't too bad. I had to cover my head up with my sleeping bad to stop my nose and cheeks from freezing!  Brrrr, the evenings and the the mornings are certainly getting cooler.

MM is very tired today, but is still running and looking forward to his cold bath tonight!  (I think by the end of this trip both of us will be insane, out with the white jackets with the funny sleeves).  Sometimes we are so tired we can't speak properly, let alone think......even a simple question either results in the wrong answer or the brain in total shut down.....we just end up shaking our heads and laughing at each other.......never mind, nothing a good sleep won't cure.

MM,s knee is playing up again today, just as we thought everything was settling down nicely.  It's been the cause of most of his problems so far and it doesn't seem to want to play ball.  All we can do is strap it up and give it some TLC when he's stopped running, i.e. hot and cold treatment and a massage with pain killing cream.  Spirit wise, he's having a tough day; this morning was fine, but the pain gets to him  after a while and Matt doesn't like running slow. All we can do is take one day at a time and overcome any challenge that is sent our way, whether injury or accommodation, just to plain old tiredness.

MY GOODNESS!!!!  What a dreary entry this is!!

I stopped in a bus stop a while ago in the middle of nowhere, there just happened to be one house there, after a while a man knocked on my window and offered a fiver for the how cool is that!  He'd come out of his house and said, 'you never know when you are going to need those services, please take this for the pot'......and duly placed it in our collection box.  He used to play ruby apparently and also has a dodgy knee himself so he knows how MM is feeling, does a lot of walking too and is planning to walk across the

The weather is a bit 'on and off' today, first rain, then sun, and a bit of wind to top it, it's not the beans MM had for breakfast yesterday! So, have been doing a lot of short hops today, leapfrogging MM so he can change his clothes or get some more water, or check his ankles and feet and have some cream rubbed in.  So, sitting here in a lay-by waiting for him to jog round the corner again.  Sometimes he doesn't stop, just runs on, so I drive on a few miles and wait for him again.....and so the day goes on until the 30 miles are up.  Today we haven't got to make camp as we are staying in a hotel in Lockerbie.  That will be good for MM as he can have a proper bath and rest.

That's about it for now...I should be able to get some pictures on tonight with any luck, so pop back and check.  Thanks to all who have donated so far, please keep it coming.

...MM just dropped by and I asked him what he wanted to say to all you bloggers.......he says " It F*****ng hurts!"....end of quotes, then he was gone again........

Signing off at 14:50...and hoping it doesn't rain any more...

MM's country residence

Camp at Aviemore...ground like concrete!

Hi Jan, thanks for dropping in.....

I'll catch the bugger if it kills me!!  ?ang on Matty, wait for me!!!!!!

MM in the wilds of the Scottish Matty Run!



soggy camp :-(

MM's Lucky Mascot....she has a kilt! och....

you pronounce it as you will, Matt and I have our own way of saying it, you'll have to ask when we get back!

Come back Matty!  I promise I'll put my thumbs away!!

a little goldfinch having his lunch

And, finally, from the man himself...the wildman of Borneo.......

Hello everyone its me taking a break from putting one foot in front of another for a sec. Well nearly done two weeks running and nearly got through one country and nearly halfway through!! All good news but its horrible, running everyday for about 10hours as injuries are slowing me down....but hey ho was never going to be easy so its head down and keep plodding on and turning those miles over......don't think I will every run again! Long way to go so support is a seems like a life time....highs and lows everyday but all for a good cause so watch this space to see if I can do it xxx

JB here again,  bye for now as we are knackered and need to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppppppppppppppzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


  1. We are having the same weather!. Well could not hang about for JB's demon fingers so just come back from a massage at the clinic on the green. I thoughy my shoulder hurt but its nothing compared to MM's body.


  2. Ahahaha as if I just figured out I could leave comments! I've been on here everyday, following, hmmm.....
    Hope your both OK, All the Bushes in the cottage are missing you, but are really really proud of what your doing!
    (Joshua starts school in a week! How scary is that!)
    Well I thought I would just let you know we are all thinking of you and we love you both lots

  3. Keep the spirit up guys. Its lovely to see that random people are chipping in too. Make it all the more worth the pain im sure.
    Keep going Matty. Keep Matty going JB you are doing a fantastic job. I just want to give you both a huge hug !! XX
    Lets hope we get a skype call in soon ! XXXX

  4. Muttley Morehair Halstead29 August 2010 at 09:51

    Well in honour of MM, I have decided not to shave as well. So we can both have a longer lie in.....

    Love & Slobber x