200 Miles for 200 Minutes... and some!

The inspiring tale of what happened when RW members got together to support a friend in need


Posted: 14 August 2006
by Jane Hoskyn


Dave Moulder, aka RW member 200 Minutes

If you believe everything you read in the papers, you might think community is dead and "me me me" is king. Oh, really?

Last week, the RW forum proved that community spirit is alive and well. The inspirational story began four months ago, when forum member 200 Minutes, better known at home in Exeter as Dave Moulder, wasn’t feeling well. Really, really not feeling well.

Dave was a healthy family man: an experienced marathoner who ran most days, didn't smoke or drink, and had notched up a hearty 49 years. But when doctors ran tests, a biopsy revealed throat cancer.

"Right after the biopsy he went for a run," Dave’s wife Liz, aka forum member School Runner, told RW. "It reminded him that there are loads of people who are too ill to run at all. He’s such a positive person, it amazes me."

Forum in action

Dave was already a contributor to the daily thread on the RW Training forum, so he shared news of the diagnosis with his online friends. Immediately they posted scores of messages of support, and Dave was overwhelmed. "He broke down and cried when he saw the messages," said Liz. "That’s the only time he showed any emotion about the diagnosis. He was just overcome by their kindness, especially considering he’d only met one or two of them at races."

And that was just the beginning. Fast forward to Thursday August 10, the day of Dave’s operation to have his throat tumour removed. To mark the day, forum member Stickless suggested a one-day collective run - partly a show of support for Dave, and partly to raise money for Cancer Research UK through the fundraising website JustGiving.com.

So as Dave prepared for surgery and Liz prepared for the longest evening of her life, forum members ran 200 Miles for 200 Minutes. Members from all corners of the country - and, in the case of NZChristine, Nicedad and others, on the other side of the world - dedicated their daily run to Dave, each adding their miles to the total. Meanwhile a JustGiving page was set up, with £200 as the target.

Hundreds of RW members took up the challenge. "Normally a day off but felt compelled to run," said TG Trotter. "Mine were done a treadmill in Shanghai in 35 degrees and high humidity," said Nicedad. "It’s an excellent reason for doing it." Julz wrote: "First run in over two months for 200 Minutes," and clairster said: "I had a fab run, one of the best I have had in ages."

Target? What target?

The 200-mile and £200 targets were quickly smashed. By midday, members had covered more than 100 miles and raised more than £500; by 6.30pm the pot was up to £950, and an hour later, members had covered 400 miles. By the end of Thursday, the count was 555 miles - and at the time of writing, on Monday morning, £1,120 has been raised. In Liz’s words, "it’s the best get well card anyone could give".

Liz spoke to us on Friday morning, after Dave’s eight-hour surgery. "I obviously couldn’t sleep, so I spent the whole time on the forum, and it really kept me buoyed up.

"The trouble is you’re so helpless. You’re not in the operating theatre, you’re on your own. So I just spent hours clicking through the forum and checking the JustGiving page, seeing the total going up and up and reading people’s messages. One person said they’d been stopped by a dog walker who gave them £10. It just goes to show, people are nice really!"

Liz, in School Runner guise, posted her own message in the small hours of the morning. "OK I'm a bit late but I have an excuse. Two miles around the hospital grounds with a variety of diversions to get the mileage this high! Dragged a couple of friends round for company - does this count as six?"

Dave was transferred to intensive care and put on a ventilator. But doctors, who realised that Dave was a runner when they spotted a copy of RUNNER’S WORLD on his bedside table, predict that his fitness will speed his recovery.

"The doctors said he’ll be perfectly OK on his own without the ventilator later today," said Liz. "The original plan was three weeks in hospital, three weeks recovering at home, then six weeks of radiotherapy. But now it looks as though he may be home in a couple of weeks. He's got a reasonable level of fitness, and that should count in his favour."

Looking to the future

Forum members won’t need to wait long before 200 Minutes is back in town. "He’ll be back on the forum the minute he’s out of hospital, or maybe even while he’s still in hospital, if he can find a computer," says Liz.

"He also wants to get straight out running, but the radiotherapy will probably make him fatigued. There’ll also be issues with swallowing because the treatment is in the back of his throat."

But for Dave, running will be a central part of his recovery. "He’s got a five-mile route that he ran the morning he went into hospital, and that’s going to be his comeback route. Even if he just walks it, it’ll be a big step in getting better.

"If he gets into the London Marathon this year, it’ll be perfect timing. It would be his first marathon after recovering, and after his 50th birthday. London would also give him a chance to meet more of the forum members who’ve done this amazing thing for him."

In the words of forum member paul l: "And people say there is no such thing as community anymore. I challenge that."


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This is a thread in honour of our mate Dave Moulder of Devon, aka 200 minutes. He is a regular and commited athlete, and was last week diagnosed with cancer of the throat. On Thursday 10th August he will be going to hospital to start the treatment course. All his on line friends, mates, acquaintances, and correspondents have decided that we will collectively run 200 miles in his honour as a vote of solidarity.

This page is to report out progress: when you have come back from your run add your mileage/ forum name/ and then total up the miles run by all the thread contributors today, Thursday 10th August.

Like this:
5960miles/ MtB/ total now = 5960
1 mile/ blisters/ total now = 5961 miles
(except we haven't started yet, so the first person starts from zero, geddit?)

And don't forget the web page: http://www.justgiving.com/200minutes

Posted: 10/08/2006 at 00:00

Okay, we're under starters orders and we're away !

5 miles/Birkmyre/ Total now = 5 miles.

Pleasure to run for you 200 mins.
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 05:59

O'kay - posted on other thread but -
5 miles NZ Christine total now = 10 miles.

Good luck 200 mins.
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 06:10

Starter lurchers in a little after the gun's gone off.

wahooo! 5 miles already! Way to go, Birkmyre.

<Puts on the coffee, tea, the bacon for bacon butties, croissants for those of more refined taste.>

Here's two digits to the crab!




Posted: 10/08/2006 at 06:12

When you come in, add your name, your mileage and the new total.

I'd like to say all miles count 2XX. The XX are for Schoolrunner, who could do with a few miles herself.


Birkmyre - 5
NZC - 5

Total 10
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 06:15

Morning
Thinking of you 200 mins Beat of luck to you today!!
5 miles/Birkmyre/ Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine /Total now= 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy/Total now =15 miles
5 miles AJH/Total now=20 miles

Was so good to see my virtual friends at finish line
Especially Stickless with delicious Coffee
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 06:18

Shows I was sleepy! Didn't read Blisters instructions carefully.

Heading out for my "run" now. Aim is to run my fav. 6 mile route. I suspect it will take me a considerable time this morning, even by my standards. I look forward to some tea at the end of it! Gorgeous morning here.


Posted: 10/08/2006 at 07:30

Go Stickless Go

I am off to work but leaves a flask full of brimming hot tea for your return:-)
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 07:35

All the best 200 minutes.

5 peaceful early-morning miles run alongside a river just to the north of Munich.

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles

Posted: 10/08/2006 at 07:43

Sorry to spoil the numbers, but....

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 08:21

Just popping into thread to check all is well and runners are feeling comfortable after their runs.

Well done to you all. I will run for 200 mins this evening.

<scoobs pops kettle on again, prepares some more bacon butties, warms up some more croissants and pops some bread into the toaster ready for runners returning>

DF not spoiling numbers at all, tis great that you got out there for 200 mins.

Off to work now hope everyone has a good brekky.


Posted: 10/08/2006 at 08:33

Popping in to add my support....thanks for the miles Poppy! I just did 10 miles on the bike 5 for me and 5 for you (all for 200mins) but I wont add them in, just wanted to do something.

*grabs cup of tea and croissant, pops kettle back on*
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 08:37

Was great running for you, 200minutes! Hey we've gone from mara to ultra distance already - nice!

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles

Posted: 10/08/2006 at 09:19

Good luck 200mins. Here's me doing my miles
front
back
running

I went gadget free today so I was thinking about you rather than anything else.

One of the dog walkers I see regularly also gave me the contents of his pockets - £2 so will add that to the just giving page too.

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 09:28


MB.
Get well soon 200 minutes

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 09:33

Doing mine later, so I will just cheer whoever has the baton now - but where's the justgiving page?
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 09:46

Yahooo DF!

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
6.5 miles stickless Total now 50 miles!!
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 09:48

Much obliged for that tea WP!

Qua run, I'll leave that to the other thread. To sum, I fell over twice within the first 15 minutes. OK, so it's going to be that sort of day. Not stopping though. Had to go really slow, very upright, not risking &rse over tip again thank-you. Stopped to take pics (that's ok) and in the end couldn't really distinguish my efforts at running from a walk, so stopped trying. But that's ok. Got round as promised.

You'll have days like that too. Times when you just have to pick yourself up and keep plugging onwards. There will be other times too, when the only thing to do is to stand by the side, cheering the others, holding the coats, attempting to fight down the green eyed envy at those who can still run.

But you'll be back running with them. And don't be too hard on that green-eyed monster either. It's just the other manifestation of the spirit within us that wills us to win. And when you're back running, every mile will carrry a double satisfaction that you will struggle in vain to describe.

You too, school runner. It's a long haul ahead. But hey, we're runners. We know about that. Courage all.

Off to brew up another pot. Flapjack anyone?
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 09:55

A crisp breezy morning here in the Fens - just the day for a thoughtful run of quiet contemplation.

Best wishes 200m and School Runner

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
6.5 miles stickless Total now 50 miles!!
5 miles Tom/Total now 55 miles
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:00

Duck Girl its on the first page of the daily training dated with todays date. Boinged for you.
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:00

thank you - will sort later when i've done my miles :¬)
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:03

I don't 'run' until tonight but will be thinking about 200 minutes during the day, as well as when I actually get out there.


Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:05

Good luck 200 mins and school runner

Stickless, Flapjack sounds lovely!

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
6.5 miles stickless Total now 50 miles!!
7 miles Stuart Little, Total now 57 miles
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:10

argh! x-post with tom, that should read:

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
6.5 miles stickless Total now 50 miles!!
5 miles Tom/Total now 55 miles
7 miles Stuart little / total now 62 miles!!

Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:11

I'm racing tonight (Ricky's Race - a 5 mile fell race just west of Matlock) so will post mine later; hopefully a piccy too. Oh, and I think the evening runners will be offering beer at the finish line as refreshment.

Thinking of 200 minutes today and tonight

Mellifera - great pics, i love your 'numberplates'
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:12

6.5 miles along waterfront in Dundee, a breezy but lovely morning run

All the best in reaching your target today

DF - well done on the mile, how is the knee?

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
6.5 miles stickless Total now 50 miles!!
5 miles Tom/Total now 55 miles
6.5 miles / DundeeRunner / 61.5 miles
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:13

that should now read:

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
6.5 miles stickless Total now 50 miles!!
5 miles Tom/Total now 55 miles
7 miles Stuart little / total now 62 miles!!
6.5 miles / DundeeRunner / 68.5 miles
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:14

Great pics Melli!

I will do my miles in the evening but, like many ohters, will be thinking of 200 min all day.
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:40

4 more to add. lovely fresh breeze up here. heard 10am pips go just after i set off and thought off 200 mins going down to theatre, all the best dave5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
6.5 miles stickless Total now 50 miles!!
5 miles Tom/Total now 55 miles
7 miles Stuart little / total now 62 miles!!
6.5 miles / DundeeRunner / 68.5 miles
4 miles / clink / total now = 72.5 miles

just put kettle on if anyone else finishing now wants tea? toast too




Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:46

Yes please! Have son 1 here. He is coming over for supper tonight amongst a number of others, and if we're in any danger of being short, they can go for a quick trot before supper.

But - 72.5, and not yet coffee time, can't be bad!
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 10:52

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
6.5 miles stickless Total now 50 miles!!
5 miles Tom/Total now 55 miles
7 miles Stuart little / total now 62 miles!!
6.5 miles / DundeeRunner / 68.5 miles
4 miles / clink / total now = 72.5 miles
5.25miles/Micksta total now = 77.75 miles

Will add some more later today :)
Good luck 200mins stay strong and possitive!
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 11:12

marmalade on it's way over stickless..
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 11:13

I have a tray of Italian cornetti here for b'fast for our glorious runners!

Cornetti are similar to French croissants, but less buttery and have a filling of either jam or chocolate or custardy type thng.


Posted: 10/08/2006 at 11:16

Hey guys, just wanted to drop in and commend you on your amazing work - you've restored my faith in human nature.

I'm the Assistant Ed here (used to be e17pixie on the forum), and I'm just scribbling a quick homepage story to flag up this thread. Knowing RW forum members, the response should be pretty big. Watch this space.

JH x
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 11:18


SGQ
Wish I'd brought my running kit to work - don't want to wait until this evening to do my run today!
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 11:19

Morning All.

Peter Gledhill/10.5 miles/88.25 miles.

Also posted on the daily thread.
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 11:24

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
6.5 miles stickless Total now 50 miles!!
5 miles Tom/Total now 55 miles
7 miles Stuart little / total now 62 miles!!
6.5 miles / DundeeRunner / 68.5 miles
4 miles / clink / total now = 72.5 miles
5.25miles/Micksta total now = 77.75 miles
Peter Gledhill/10.5 miles/88.25 miles
7 miles/ mava / total now = 95.25

good luck 200 mins & school runner. Thinking of you.
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 11:26

Not running till this evening, but will add my miles (7) to the cause.

Stay Gold, "200 minutes". My thoughts are with you.


Posted: 10/08/2006 at 11:28

Thinking of you, 200mls. I hope all goes well

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
6.5 miles stickless Total now 50 miles!!
5 miles Tom/Total now 55 miles
7 miles Stuart little / total now 62 miles!!
6.5 miles / DundeeRunner / 68.5 miles
4 miles / clink / total now = 72.5 miles
5.25miles/Micksta total now = 77.75 miles
Peter Gledhill/10.5 miles/88.25 miles
7 miles/ mava / total now = 95.25
5 miles/Tigger's mate Roo/ = 100.25


half way there!
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 11:37

Thinking of you, 200mls. I hope all goes well

5 miles Birkmyre / Total now = 5 miles.
5 miles NZ Christine / Total now = 10 miles
5 miles Welsh Poppy / Total now = 15 miles
5 miles AJH / Total now = 20 miles
5 miles TwoTon / Total now = 25 miles
1 mile (walk) David Fagan / Total now = 26 miles
10 mile / nrg-b / Total now = 36 miles
5 miles mellifera Total now = 41 miles
2.5 miles MB Total now = 43.5 miles
6.5 miles stickless Total now 50 miles!!
5 miles Tom/Total now 55 miles
7 miles Stuart little / total now 62 miles!!
6.5 miles / DundeeRunner / 68.5 miles
4 miles / clink / total now = 72.5 miles
5.25miles/Micksta total now = 77.75 miles
Peter Gledhill/10.5 miles/88.25 miles
7 miles/ mava / total now = 95.25
5 miles/Tigger's mate Roo/ = 100.25
3 miles/plodding hippo/ =103.25


Would have been 5, but foot really sore
You will be in surgery now 200 i guess
postivie vibes coming your way


half way there!
Posted: 10/08/2006 at 11:46

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