Mini Great South Run

This morning I had fun doing the mini great south run with Abi, unfortunately RunKeeper crashed as we went through the start line but I think we did the 1.5k in roughly 11minutes. She had a great time and did it with a mixture of running at a good pace and then walking for a little bit until she saw too many people overtake, then she would pick up pace and dive through gaps in front of her. She enjoyed the stretch on grass much more than the road and path sections and was thrilled with her medal at the end.




Mini Great South Run

10th Anniversary Weekend

This weekend just gone we celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary with a weekend in London (with many thanks to my parents for having Abi and Jessica to stay for the weekend. Originally we’d decided to go up to London for a short break and I booked tickets for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the ThreeSixty Theatre in Kensington Park as a surprise for Laura for the Saturday evening.Later on we managed to get Paralympics tickets so adjusted our plans so that we could visit the Olympic Park and see some of the athletics on the Saturday morning. 

We set off on Friday after work and drove up to stay in Woolwich for the night so that we could then drive in a little further and park, then get the DLR to Stratford for when the park opened. Fortunately when trying to find the Travelodge in Woolwich we took a wrong turning and found that there was a DLR station there as well and it turned out that we could leave the car in the car park there until Sunday, so we saved a lot of hassle by doing that.  On Saturday morning we just checked out, walk down the road and hop on the train to Stratford – much simpler! We made it to the park entrance just before it opened and were first in the line for security so we got the park to ourselves for a short time before the crowds gathered.  We made use of the time to get some breakfast (mmm waffles) and tickets to go up the Orbit after the athletics. We then had time to explore a bit more before heading into the stadium. The Olympic Park is really nicely set out with beautiful banks of wild flowers, canal-side walks and lots of space between the venues.

After time for exploring and buying a few gifts from the shop we headed to the Stadium to find our seats. Despite going in across the wrong bridge we got round to the stairs to our block easily and started the climb up to the top. At the top of the first flight of stairs we had a fantastic view through to the flame and when we entered the main seating area we saw how amazing a venue it was and the size of the place.  The helpful and friendly games maker by the top of the stairs offered to take a photo of us together before we went up to our seats which was great. We made our way up more stairs to our seats, which were in a fantastic spot with a great view of the finish line and the podiums, and enjoyed watching the stadium being set up by more of the games makers.


 The athletics session was fantastic and we really enjoyed watching the different events going on. I hadn’t appreciated before just how much was going on at any time from the TV as you only see one thing, but being there we could see racing on the track, the blind triple-jump final, javelin and shot put all at the same time!


10th Anniversary Weekend

Tweeting Google Calendar reminders with Postmark

A while back I wrote my original script to tweet event reminders from Google Calendar and it’s been through a couple of iterations since and been broken for a while. Well finally I got round to update it to use OAuth to connect to twitter using the twitteroauth library and switched to using Postmark Inbound for handling the incoming e-mail.

What you will need

Getting set up

Register a new twitter app from the Twitter Developer Site (making sure you sign in with the account you want the tweets to come from) – fill out all the necessary fields and click create. On the next page you should get the OAuth details (Consumer key and Consumer secret) and a section to generate your access token and access token secret, these all need putting into the section at the top of the script.

Install the script on your web hosting, along with the twitteroauth directory from  twitteroauth at GitHub. If you got to the script URL in a web browser you should see it post a , to your twitter account without any errors. (I need to add some testing code really!)

Set up a server in your Postmark account then go into the Settings page for that server and update the Inbound Hook to point to the full URL of the script on your server to point to your script for inbound emails. Make a note of the inbound e-mail address from the server tab of your settings as you will need this to forward the calendar reminders to.

Add your Inbound Email address as a forwarding address to your Gmail account. It will send a confirmation code to the address, which you can collect from the Inbound section of the Postmark interface

Create a filter in your gmail account to forward your calendar reminders to the Inbound Email address from your postmark account (Mine forwards anything from

Now everything should be in place to start sending reminders.  For each event in your calendar set up e-mail reminders for the number of days/hours before you want the reminder tweeted.  These should then appear something like this at twitter:

<Description> this afternoon at <time>, <Location>

<Description> next Saturday at <time>, <Location>

Tweeting Google Calendar reminders with Postmark