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.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Sunday 22nd August- Goodbye Aviemore

Morning All, Sorry, no pictures until we get a proper WiFi connection.  I'm using my phone as a modem at the moment, so very s-l-o-w.  Well, today Matt is attempting a big 30 miles again today, his shins are shot and very painful, but he's doing his best.  We are awaiting information from a physiotherapist about the best way to proceed and treat them.  In the mean time Matt battles bravely on.  He is very anxious to get running at full speed and is frustrated that his body is slowing him down.  Chin up Matt...we are all with you in spirit.

We had a good night last night.  Matt finished well early at 2 in the afternoon so it left time for a bit of shopping and postcard writing.  I hope our cards are getting through to the Garden House? We also managed to get our washing done and dried and still had time for a fish and chip lunch in town and a pizza and a quick pint in the bar on site in the evening!  I'm afraid Matt still didn't manage to avoid the women with the evil thumbs, but is not screaming so much now......are the muscles improving or my technique I wonder?

The scenery here is beautiful, I'd love to come skiing here, beats queuing up at the airport and checking in your skis. MMMmmm might just do that...pray for snow in the Highlands....but not at the moment please!

Today is the day that Jan joins us for a few, it will be so different to have somebody to chat to face to face (apart from Matt of course), safe journey Jan and catch you this evening.  The camp site last night was a bit like Fort had to have a swipe card for entry into the shower block, then you had to swipe it again to get into the toilets, a card for the washing machines, a card for the driers, and a push button system to get out again!  Blimey mate, I only want to camp for the night not steal the soap!

Not a lot more to say at the moment, Matt has just checked in at the layby and taken some more water and off he's gone again.  Says he's the zone, so he doesn't say much. The clouds over the mountains are breaking up and the sun has started to shine............

Will talk more later if all goes well.....we might even get a swim in tonight as the the new site has a pool...Matt is thinking about dipping in one of the Lochs to get some ice treatment on his legs......


  1. Hi It was great to talk to you last night. You both sound in good spirits !!
    Sunday club was missing a member but was a good lunch time drinkie all the same.
    Just remember that everyone is rooting for you Matty and JB you are doing a fab job as support everything !! Hope Jan arrives in one piece !! XX


  2. We had a meeting today at the Gardy, where else could we go on a Sunday?. Remote Support Unit Members plus a couple of Billy No Mates (Bushy & now Jon!). You are both doing fab and i'm sure it will be great to have Jan with you.

    Naturally we all send our love & support