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, 6 September 2010

Monday 6th September- 'it's Welsh Wales isn't it'

10:45 still in search of a descent WiFi Hotspot.
Firstly a very big THANK YOU to Paul and Ali for their hospitality last night.  They were perfect hosts and had absolutely no idea we were coming until the last minute!  Sorry we killed your tumble drier, I hope it can be revived soon! ;-) and thank you for going out extra early to the Launderette to get our clothes dry. We will be eternally grateful.

Matt started running about 8:50 this morning after massaging his aching calf muscles and his right ankle, which is giving him a bit of grief.  I think it could be the new trainers as everything had settled down nicely before he changed them.  All will be well, I'm sure of it.  Spirits are still high and we are both looking forward to getting 'across the water' today and into Bristol. By then MM would have run the length of Scotland and Wales..

We are currently a few miles from Monmouth on the A466.  A much quieter road for MM to run on and back into the countryside, which is nice. The weather so far is good and no sign of the forecast heavy rain....even better!

I, however, seemed to have developed some kind of chest infection.....quite painful, but have taken some pills and am trying to ignore it, and also trying to keep it away from Matty!!  Arrgghhh.....that would be disastrous given his weak chest!

I am sitting in the entrance to a field full of sheep and they have all started to congregate around the gate....maybe they think they are going to get fed....BaaaaH........more later....Baaaah.....Baaahh....JB


  1. Ditch those trainers and run in wellies, they could come in handy with all those sheep about.

  2. keep up the good work guys, your doing a fab job, hope you feel better soon mother!

  3. Glad to hear you are both in good spirits, you are doing a fantastic job out there something you will remember for the rest of your lives. I hope you are not getting the awful weather we have had today and tonight but i fear you are.! Somerset ,Devon ,and ,Cornwall ,not the easiest , but we all have faith in you to conquer them . xxx

  4. Thanks all, We'll be fine...the hardest part is stopping Matt get this dratted cold!