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.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Wednesday 1st September- The boy just can't stop running!

10:00 am

Matt had a brilliant day yesterday, he just wouldn't stop running; the weather was good he felt good and he was enjoying it!  His total miles yesterday was 40...yes 40 miles!  He wanted to reach Lancaster and he did.

This poses a small problem with accommodation, as we'd booked in for 3 nights at the same campsite and now he's just too far away from it to make it feasible to go back.  It was over an hours journey this morning to get him back to the same spot, so by the time he's finished tonight we'll be miles away!

Weather here is good again today so I expect MM to keep running again, although he's pretty tired after yesterday!
Go Matty GO!!!........

more later...........I hope, the connection is not good so I go in search of...a) a good wifi hotspot, b) MM, c) a rubbish bin, as the landrover is starting to look like a tip!
Catch you all later....................


  1. im amazed and overwhelmed everytime i read how your doing . . . fantastic job x

  2. matty, the incredible running man . . . good work matty and massive well done, big hugs . . . SAZ x x x

  3. Excellent day yesterday all well impresseed here at the Garden House,!!

  4. Hi Matty & JB - finally got onto send you a message from the GHouse! Hope you are both doing a good job as usual.... Much love to you both, always thinking of you, Kerry xx