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.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Tuesday 7th September - A Bridge Too Far

A dreadful end to the day yesterday.  The rain was relentless and so was the wind.  Not a good evening to cross the Severn Bridge!  Poor MM had already covered over 30 miles but was determined to get across the bridge.....and he did.....but ended up completely soaked to the skin and so cold he could hardly move his hands.  Good job I had phoned ahead and booked a room at the Travelodge at the end of the bridge.....straight into a HOT bath, no cold today my boy! And a nice cup of hot tea as well, then a hot meal, massage and BED!

Matt is having problems with his RIGHT leg now......first one, then the really is quite stiff and sore.  But, we managed to get the other one going so we can keep this one going too...just another challenge along the way of a host of daily challenges on this trip.  Keep the prayers coming...they are needed.

We've had a late start today, in an effort to get some well earned rest, but are heading for Bristol airport and a stay at some family friends of Matts'. At the moment the sun is shining (typical)...let's hope it stays that way.

Have a good day everyone, and hope that we do too, on the home straight  now!


  1. Driving down the A12 last night just after midnight listening to radio 5 live, you got a mention about finding a wallet ect. and also the run, thanks to your mum,I think. Hope the weather is kinder today.

  2. your doing so well, the end is properly in sight! go matty go! :) Saz x x