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.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Tuesday 24th August-Rain rain go away....

A really wet, wet night!  Horrid, horrid, horrid!  The man next to us went back home to Portsmouth at 10.30 in the evening because his tent was awash and everything got wet.  We managed to get through, although even ours was starting to leak by the morning. 

Last night's tea was fish and chips as it was too wet to cook, and this morning's breakfast was good old porridge.......with extra water.....from the rain.......

As usual Matty set off at around 8.30am, after repacking blisters and stretching out his aching legs.  It's been a long hard day for him today, he has developed a new blister on his big toe (same foot as the others) which is giving him a lot of pain, but we have re-dressed it and he is on his way again.  Roll on the finish of today's run when he can climb into the bath at his B&B and have a good rest.  The good news is his shins have stopped hurting.....must be those magic thumbs!

At least the rain has held off for a while, let's hope he gets to the finish in the dry today, and we can put the tents up to dry out too.

I'll post some pictures later if I have a connection, we must go and find Matt again now and see how's he's getting on......I must have half of Boots the Chemist in my Landrover!!


  1. well done matty keep it going,by the sounds of it if all else fails you could swim it instead ;-)keep it up mark&terrixx

  2. Should be renamed Mattys Big Swim !
    Hope the B&B is good and he gets a well deserved rest in a proper bed.
    You are doin a grand job too JB aka Florence Nightingale ! & you too Jan !!
    Fingers crossed for a drier night !!
    Love Joey xx

  3. Muttley Halstead24 August 2010 at 21:02

    Matty have a bit of R&R in the B&B and catch up on some telly!!. Lets hope you dont watch the soaps as you are miles behind...
    Will give you a call tomorrow to catch up x