The day has come! #ManchesterMarathon #Run4Hope


So it’s finally here!

Today I’m running my first marathon (found out 12 days ago that I couldn’t run a half-marathon at the Manchester Marathon) – though somewhat trepidated (wish that was a word), I’m excited!

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You can also track us runners via this page on the Manchester Marathon website.

If you’re out to support shout out and wave, I will wave and smile if I recognise you! 

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Wow, scary…I’m actually running a full marathon not half! #ManchesterMarathon


12 days before the challenge, I discovered I had registered to run a full marathon not half a marathon as previously posted. My options were either to pull out, or go ahead. I’m going ahead. Yikes!

Full details in the video above. Please watch, I need all the help I can get.

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How to fix this error – Elixir Phoenix: ** (DBConnection.ConnectionError) tcp connect (localhost:5432): connection refused – :econnrefused


Has been rather a while since I last blogged.  And this update is rather technical so if you’re not into databases or Elixir programming, look away.

Largely documenting a solution to a rather cryptic error I encountered setting up a PostgreSQL database on Elixir Phoenix. Hope it helps someone!

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Podcast alert and a lovely surprise!


Cross-posting from Insta. Watch the video!

This lovely surprise popped up in the post earlier in the week from the very cool crew at Burns Sheehan.

And this after they featured yours truly in their rather excellent Tales in Tech: Startup Diaries podcast. Thank you Chris, Becca and gang!  

Listen to the 19 November episode on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Edging closer: Run #8 of 10 done – My 10 x 10km challenge for #Run4Hope #R4H2020


It’s been an intense week! Yesterday, I was at three different events between 9:30am and 2pm, and they were all fantastic in their own way, especially the long awaited Fund Her North launch which I’m involved with.  That was something special indeed.

I had an eye on the weather all day though as I knew I had Run #8 of my 10 x 10km challenge scheduled.

I’m thrilled to say I completed it – a little bleary-eyed as you can see from the ‘after’ video below. 

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