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, 8 September 2010

Wenesday 8th September - Where's the Cider?

Sorry for the delay for all you early risers out there.....been doing other things today.  Cleaning and tidying the Landrover for instance, and trying to find safe places to hotspots or phone signal doesn't help any either.

Well, i8t has just started raining after such a lovely day.  we have just gone through Bridgwater and North Petherton and MM is just polishing off a few extra miles before we finish for the night.  As far as I can tell (Dr Bush's hat on)  Matt has 'acute anterior compartment syndrome'.  Basically over use of his lower leg muscle on his right leg also brought about by his overpronation on the right foot, something he had corrective trainers for.....until they wore out!  The muscle, at the point where it joins the shin bone, and also deals with the lifting of the foot as you walk, has become over developed and is straining the sheaf which covers it.  Lots of ice, rest (ha ha) and compression, plus deep muscle massage should help.  But nthe only real cure is to lay off it!  Not an option.....yet.

Won't be long though, we are still on track to finish next Tuesday 14th.  Then Matt can have a well earned rest and sleep all the way home!....and when he gets back for the next three months!zzzzzzzzzzzz

Must say a big THANK YOU to Ian and Jan Bainbridge and family for putting us up last night even though they have lots of family descending on them today. A lovely meal and great company, thank you for your prayers and God Bless you all.

Also, a big thank you to Amanda from Chard Road Runners for finding, and paying for, a B+B for Matt and myself tonight.  She will be running for a while with Matt in the morning.....all be it very slowly due to his leg trauma.  Let's hope the sun shines on them.

Can't think of anything stupid I've done today....that either means I haven't done anything stupid, or my brain is failing and I can't remember ..........who said that?

We had a nice picnic today.....sausage rolls, hard boiled eggs (done in the back of the Landy), cheese and some of Joey's mums' home grown tomatoes...yum.  Matt also had a packet of jaffa cakes , a tub of custard, and some fruitcake...oh and a packet of crisps.......mmmm.........and some sweet isotonic drinks......and another jaffa cake......

Must keep those calories up!

Matt thinks there is a conspiracy to kill him.....first he goes on this trip, then gets painfully pummelled with my devilish thumbs.....faces ugly drivers all day who really don't want him on THEIR road..........then his driver, soul mate and number one person (that's me.....modest!).......goes down with a bad chest and coughs all over him....well I try not to....but he says he has a sore's ALL in the are OK my just keep those feet a running, we only have a hundred or so miles to go!!

More later.......

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