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.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Thursday 26th August - Round and round we go!

Oh boy, what a day!  We left our campsite at Craigendmuir at about 7 this morning.  Jan was off back to Norfolk, thanks Jan for all your help, (and the wine) I don't know what I would have done without you....a couple of real tough days!

Matt and I made our way to the drop off point, duly found, and all was well.  However, Glasgow is a nightmare at the moment, there are more roadworks than you can shake a stick at.  And getting onto roads that don't exist any more because they dug them up is no easy feat.  The long and the short of it all is that Matt and myself ended up going round, and round, and round, and round bloody roadworks for about 2 hours and not getting any further south!  Signs? WHAT signs?  I thought Norfolk was bad for road signs, but on the whole Glasgow takes the winning ticket....hardly any at all!  Thank goodness for mobile phones else today would have been the day I lost Matty Moon.....left alone, for ever to wander the streets of Glasgow in ever decreasing circles.

On a lighter note, once we found each other and had a good moan, Matt had some lunch and pushed on....easy when you know where you are going.  He's making very good progress and aches and pains, although still there, don't seem to have held him back today.  The only thing is time as we've lost a couple of hours so he'll have stop so we can drive to camp and pitch up for the night.

Not a lot else to report really today.....except we are both very tired...zzzzzzzzzzzz.......IF I can get a WiFi connection tonight, I'll upload some pics, we have some crackers, so keep dropping by..........................


  1. Hi tried to call you today JB then got stuck in a meeting. Good to see the East Anglian Ambulance pot has risen today.

    Yours analy retentive of Old Buck xx

  2. I had visions of Matty running round Glasgow like a headless chicken. Must have been frustraiting for you both !!
    Still wet here but as long as its dry up there thats ok.
    Good to spot the Osprey they are truly magnificent.
    XX Joey