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.

Monday, 13 September 2010


12:20 approx.

Matty Hit the Finish Line at Land's End!!!!  YEEEEEE  HAAAAAAA
more later...we are in Bristol on the way home.....................

We finally got back around 10:30 ish in the weary...........and very quiet....

It's a strange feeling when something that you've planned for for months, and Matt's trained for and gone through the pain of achieving, suddenly comes to an end.  Relief, certainly, HE'S DONE IT!!  But tinged, for me anyway, with a little's all over, no  more routine, no more getting MM breakfast in bed, easing his aching muscles (for that he will be eternally grateful I'm sure!)...hopping from one layby to the next...........hey but WHAT an acheivement.

Corinne and Jan and David (Matt's brothers' father-in-law, were there to see him get his final 'stamp' on his transit verification prove he'd done it.  A proud moment. 

We've met many people along the way, from the cyclists, also doing the same journey (for all different reasons) to the people in lay-bys offering money the people who have very kindly opened their homes to us......if I've forgotton to mention anyone's name, please forgive me.  Our heartfelt thanks goes out to each and every one of you.  For you too, have helped Matty on his way.  The baths and warm beds kept him going.  We can't thank you enough.  And also thank you to EVERYONE who has donated, or will donate, to the 'cause'.  A truly great achievement for Matt, but let's not forget why he went through this pain (and pain it certainly was).  Let's help him once more;  to raise lots of money for the three charities that helped Chris Taaffe and saved his life.

Our blog is at an end.....................but should Matt ever want to do anything like this again, wherever it may be.................count me in!

The last stamp!

Is he going to smile?
YES, he is!

Racing for the line...........

The last night's camp


  1. Very well done.
    Have a good rest.
    David, Sandra and girls.

  2. Ha ha ha - we knew you could do it!!!! He's our local hero don't you know. Get that money flooding in, MM's side of the bargain is complete. Love Kerry xx

  3. fantasic matty, we always knew you would do it. so hope you will raise as much as you hoped. and many best wishes for chris as well
    enjoy a well earned rest before you plan the next excursion
    lots of love jan n jon xxx