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, 31 August 2010

Tuesday 31st August

Hi peeps, sorry yesterday's blog was missing, we had no signal in the camp at all, so here I am in a lay-by, once again, trying to catch up.

It was FREEZING last night, the condensation in the tent was so bad we got dripped on....hey ho, the joys of camping.  Matt is doing well, with any luck he should reach around about the half way mark today.  His speed has increased a little but now we are back in the hills he knee might not like it much.  We'll see.  Otherwise all is fine.

Nick and Kelly joined us yesterday with the grandchildren, so I will have some company for a while, but they will be out enjoying while I'm out stalking Matt!

MM is getting VERY bored.....same thing day in day if he can get a signal, why don't you try an give him a ring during the day so he has a bit of a distraction?  If you can't get through then leave him a message and when he stops he'll get back to you.

Not much else to report at the moment and I have to get on the ove again. I'll try my best to write some more later ......

6:25pm...Matt has decided to keep running....he wants to reach the city border of Lancaster, and he's less than a mile away from me so he WILL make it!!  What a BOY, what an almighty effort!   He's now HALF WAY!!!!!

I'm trying to persuade him to have a day off tomorrow or at least a 15 miler with no rushing about....I'll let you know how I get on. Not sure how long I'll have on this free wifi as Matt  will be bouncing round the corner pretty soon..

He's had a really good day, after yesterday's battle with the boredom and the brainbox, he's definitely got himself back into gear and is heading for home.......via Land's End of course!  WELL DONE R KID!!

We still have no mobile signal of any description on the campsite we are staying in at the moment.  Thursday will be the big day for photos, unless I strike lucky on the road out Caroline, We Are on OUR WAY!!


  1. Glad to hear you are nearly up to the half way stage, and that Nick and Kelly have made it there. Best wishes from the Garden House x

  2. Popeye the killer dog31 August 2010 at 17:52

    Woof Woof go Matty go x

  3. Wow, half way, that's fantastic! Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow, what's first, bed, bath or beer? Caroline.

  4. Well if i was a betting person Caroline i would say JB will have a beer first and Matty will be up them stairs for a bath. Fantastic effort keep going!! x

  5. Spot on did you guess?? LOL....Caroline, will give you a ring as we might make yours today (WED) if Matt keeps doling so well!! xx