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.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Friday 3rd September - Joey's mums

Well, finally got a signal at Joey's mums house. Haven't managed to get one all day, even my mobiile was rubbish All settled in for our overnight stay.  Matt had a bit of a 'confusing' start today.  First it was very foggy/misty and quite cold, just what MM doesn't like.   Then after a few miles into his run he found a wallet in the road.....two or three steps further on, a driving license...there was quite a lot of money and a post dated cheque in the wallet, so Matt met me at the next stop and we plugged the post code from the license into the sat nav.  It wasn't far away so we decided to make a short detour and take it to the man who'd lost it. He wasn't in, probably at work so we left it with a note to say what Matty was doing and how we found it.......hoping that he might make a donation in thanks....we'll see.  He's definitely a lucky man to get all that money back.

The sun finally emerged and MM had a good finish to the day, another 30 miles under the belt and closer to our goal.  We are currently in Malpas near Chester.  Tomorrow we will be staying around Shewsbury at a friend of Matty's mums.

Matt got lost on his own today....nothing to do with me this time!  He took a wrong turn and ended up running towards Chester instead of Shrewsbury!  JB to the rescue.......and got him back on track. He's really doing well, and thanks to the regular cold and hot bath treatment he hasn't need a massage for the last couple of thumbs are redundant.  He's wearing in a new pair of trainers today....he's worn the heel right off of his favourite pair.

No pictures today either....there's not been much to take to be fair, it's gone very flat and besides there's not that many places to stop and not much greenery between towns and cities at the moment.  Soon maybe......the traffic was too busy today to hop out and take  random pics of Matt running...he'd do no good with a flat driver!  Oh, just remembered something else that happened yesterday.  My John o' Groats to Land's End book decided to throw itself out of the car window as I was driving along....I stopped and tried to rescue it but it was in the middle of a duel carriageway and far too dangerous to pick up, so, there it lies.....a very useful resource if any one should come across it...has a couple of pages missing as they blew towards me down the road....a sad loss.

Well, we have to be up at 6 in the morning, Matt has retired to bed and I must follow as I'm tired too after all the driving....

Keep looking in and posting messages guy and gals...they really do perk us up...I've been feeling a bit homesick today...but hey...tomorrow is another day....night,night .......zzzzzzzzzzzz


  1. Wow, you must both be tired!! You have even gone back in time by a month (blog title). Keep up the good work, you are doing a great job. Its got to be down hill from here!!! lol

  2. Just a short note to thank you so much for retrieving my wallet. If only there were more people like you on the planet. All the best in your endeavours. Donation made as promised. Thanks again. Graham Cooper