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.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Some more Pics

some of the longer hurting as others things hurt more !

Quite a long way up!

stretching out those muscles.....

not as flat as Norfolk!

Our present camp at River Tilt, Blair Athol

Matt is not long from me now.  Proudly being escorted back to base by Jan....both absolutely soaked!  Me sitting here in the dry uploading's a grand life!  Catch you all laterbwith yet more pics......thank goodness for BTFON.


  1. Muttley Halstead23 August 2010 at 17:53

    Is that Jan standing guard in case Matty escapes whilst your little fingers get to work on his muscles?
    Love & Slobber to you all x

  2. Hope its not as wet as Norfolk at the moment!! Been slinging it down this afternoon. Not envying you staying in tents.
    Warm hugs for the three of you !
    Keep it up Matty you are doing brilliantly XXXXXXX

  3. Hey Matt, keep up the good work! your doing fab! got more guts than most of us lot back home put together!! I remember doing my duke or edinburgh awards and being knackered after 3 days of walking! all thinkng of you here speak soon bud xx