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, 29 August 2010

Sunday 29th August - To the Border!

Sunday Morning:
Today is another GREAT milestone for we reach the Border and will back in England....HOOORAYYYY!!

We had a very good night in the B&B/Hotel, excellent food and accommodation and best of all...FREE WiFi.  Matty started later today as breakfast wasn't until 8 and he has to wait an hour for it to digest before he can start running.  But, on his way he is, to the border and Gretna Green.......there was some talk about marriage, but I reminded him that I was already married and it was against my he's going to get some waif or stray as he passes.....NO NOT REALLY......just jesting on our part.  However, psychologically today will be good for MM, the race for home is on and by Tuesday, if all goes well, we will be at the HALF WAY mark. WELL DONE R KID!

For those of you our there that are worried about MM's health and the way he looks in the pictures.....please do remember that most of them are taken after he's run 30 odd miles and he is extremely tired! (and in quite some physical pain). He's not going to look his best and quite frankly I HATE the beard!  Doesn't do a thing for my humble opinion of course!  Honestly, he is in fine fettle and fighting fit, as far as I can tell he has not lost any weight (he had none to lose let's be honest!), he has toned very nicely, but his face isn't drawn......never believe a photograph....the shadows under his eyes.....are just tiredness and are gone by morning, believe me.... so, don't worry, I'm looking after him and he definitely is looking after himself as far as diet and calories go, he knows his body and what he's doing. Just cheer him on as best you can with phone calls, txts, facebook and comments on these pages, it will do him good believe me......and most of all spread the word and get your friends, family, cousins, the person next door, the man in the donate for these worthy causes and make Matty's Run worthwhile.

More later.................

HE'S THERE! At approximately 13:35 Matt got married to the sign.......

 And at approx. 13:50 MM stepped back into England...........All those at Sunday club in the Gardie have a drink on us!!  CHEERS!!



  1. Lap top installed on the bar to keep a check on you both. Hope today goes well for you , now must go to serve the rabble lol x

  2. Excellent Sue, MM is about 35 mins away from Gretna Green and will stop for a photo shoot.....I've tapped into a random hotel's wifi so will be able to upload the pic straight away...say hello to everyone for us.........

  3. Well it was a difficult job to pop up the Gardy and see the blog! Obviously Wifi a bit patchy in Old Buck!!. Have now given Suet lessons and she is posting comments on her own. With that and she's now on Skype, she may have to lie down in a dark room and recover from all this technology.

  4. excellent news , we are sitting at the house watching thunder storms move around , one minute sun , next rain . So glad you have made england . All the best to you both from the whole of the pub at the moment , thats Eddie , Monty and Pat . Bit sparse on the ground lol x

  5. Eddie says I wish the boy the best of luck from the bottom of my heart x

  6. Good luck ,keep running , if you feel like slowing up i will be there with my shotgun up your arse to make you keep going lol x

  7. fantastic matty n jackie, welcome back to englands green and pleasant land. so very proud of you both.
    what a massive milestone.
    love jan n jon xx

  8. matty well done, you are an inspiration to us all. keep up the great work.
    love kathy k.

  9. bad news matt!!! i think i may have to shave my beard as bens stag do is comin up soon and i think bouncers from clubs and bars may mistake me for a homeless person!!! but i shall keep it til then and make my decision as i see fit!! maybe go out one nite with it and one without!!! ha ha hope to see you soon mate!!!

  10. Well done Matt and Jackie Scotland done.
    May the wind be always at your back and the road rise up to meet you

  11. Well done guys, brilliant achievement getting back over the border! Nearly at that half way point Matty and then it will seem a little easier mentally although not so sure about physically. But just keep thinking then about all those miles behind you already!! You keep going, what you are doing is incredible. JB your doing a fab job, keep it up. Agree with JB on the beard front - surely that has gotta come off if only from an aerodynamic point of view. Keep going you two's we are all behind you back here in sleepy olde norfolk x

  12. well done matty you are amazing !!!