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.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Saturday 11th September- quote: "keep your feet dry and your spirits high" unquote........


My word...nearly lunchtime already!
A nice little quote from Dan (MM's Brother) to start the blog today!  It came out in conversation last had to be there..........but it does sum things up nicely....if Matt doesn't get rained on and his feet aren't wet, the day is a whole lot better.......naturally.

Well...had a visit from Fran and Jo today, on thier way home from hols in Polperro....probably spelt that was great to see them.  Fran ran for a couple of miles with to follow.

We've just passed the sign for Jamaica Inn on the top of Bodmin and MM's already reached the point where he should stop today (because he's been doing extra miles).  So...bonus miles from now on, and all is looking good for the finish on Monday.  It feels very strange......very strange indeed.  We've met some super people......only an hour or so ago I met up with a support vehicle for some chaps on bikes, that are doing a charity thing for soldiers...not the 'Heroes' thing....the cyclists came in, had a whip round and put some dosh in the bucket.....THANK YOU.  And again a great big THANKS to everyone who has offered and opened their homes to us two weary travellers, who nobody knows from Adam, and for making us so welcome.

More later....time to move on and catch up with speedy..............

Coming up to the end of another days running for MM. We had a later start today (9:30), so it's 'just' the 30 miles today!  However, because he's still got miles in hand, this still gives him a head start on tomorrow.We've finished up almost to Indian Queens I think.......MM's legs are feeling the hills a bit today, some very long climbs and slopes;......a good old sort out with the thumbs should get him moving again....and an ice pack or two......he's going to hate me for life!  He'll soon be running the opposite direction when he see me coming!

I'm not sure if I'll have WiFi tonight, but will upload the pictures of today if I do.  Another traveller in a layby gave some more money to the cause today too.  I think I forgot to mention.............Matt has taken to wearing my clothes!!!!!...A very nice little red number......he calls it PINK....but it's IS RED.....long sleeves......matches his ginger beard completely...NOT!  Don't was earlier on in the trip when we got cold and wet and he needed a long sleeved top..........he blatantly refused the high heels though......said they weren't good to run in or something....can't think why............

Well, strike a line through Saturday...only Sunday and Monday left.....Whoop, Whoop!

1 comment:

  1. Matty, you are not just human,but superhuman, what a man!!!! Keep him going Jackie, just two more days.