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.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Thursday 2nd September - R Kid

 10:55 am
Well MM polished off another 37 miles yesterday!  by this rate we'll be home next week! Lord knows what he'll do today...

I am presently just the other side of Wigan waiting for MM to find his way through the road system...another's hard enough in a car let alone on foot. Still, he has my quirky directions sheet and map and we phone each other if he gets lost....when we have a signal!......ooooh, ok, no panic, he's here. Quick change of shirt and a drink and a few nibbles to refuel, and off he goes again...

another move, another wifi hotspot we go further south it's getting easier to find wifi hotspots, but less easy to get anywhere to park! The weather here is fantastic, just as MM likes it, too!  Glad you are all looking in on the blog. We've got one more night at Caroline's then on to Joey's mums... We had a lovely chicken curry last night and this morning I had freshly laid eggs on toast...(Well, they were poached first!), MM had a lovely bowl of 'overnight porridge' cooked in the AGA...scrummy, thanks Caroline.  And thanks also for doing all our washing!!  We smell a bit nicer now........we have managed to get our clothes washed most days, but the bedding was well overdue!  Right.  I'm off to find a nice lay-by or quiet place to get everything out of the landrover and have a sort out......bit like doing the housework really!

Just the 30miles today!  It's been really hot here and MM ditched his small backpack and water and I caught up with him after every 3 miles or so for topping up , wiping down and changing shirts.  The traffic was a nightmare too, but overall a very good day, and MM and his body are holding up well.  It's pretty flat here in comparison to Scotland and the Lakes so Matt's able to get a good stride on and there are paths and cycle lanes which come in very handy.  Not really much else to report really.  All is well.  Early start in the morning, away by 6:30 for the drive to Sandiway where MM finished today...the miles are ticking away nicely.  Time for bed....zzzzzz


  1. The miles you have covered over the past two days is mind blowing,well done. Night off tonight, time for Thursday Club,I'll have one for both of you.

  2. Muttley Up For Adoption Charlson2 September 2010 at 16:42

    Cant stop thinking about overnight porridge cooked in the AGA. Have packed my overnight bag - Sod Cornwall i'm off to Carolines!!
    Well done Matty & JB x

  3. Just caught up on the last few days as I'm doing nocturnal (can't spell it!) shifts at the moment and can't believe how many miles you have packed away, you are doing brilliantly Matty and are obvously well n the zone so that's good!! Keep it going and you will be finished in no time. Keep up your brilliant work too JB. Thinking of you both, Coz x

  4. Eddie ( get your coal in ) Riches2 September 2010 at 21:04

    Give that boy some big soopppp to keep him going !!

  5. Good to talk to you last night Matt - it's a super thing you're doing, but a bit of an extreme way to get away from your Dads' jokes!!! Luv, Jean