Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Fall Team Challenge 2019


It has been a busy start to the week at work and on my house renovation so I apologise for not blogging about the Fall Team Challenge earlier than today!

It started on the 15th September and runs until the 15th October with the aim of the team challenge to collectively row as many metres as possible!

We are historically good at this challenge usually finishing in a top 5% position world-wide. My participation in this challenge will be sporadic due to my current house upheaval but I am always here supporting your efforts and championing your hard work and achievements.

More information available here!

Friday, 2 August 2019

Dog Days of Summer 2019 individual challenge

Dog Days Challenge

The Dog Days of Summer runs from August 1–28 and features a different total distance goal each week.

The Details

  • Complete each of the following four distance goals during the timeframes indicated and log them in your online logbook:
    • Week 1, Aug. 1–7: 10,000 metres
    • Week 2, Aug. 8–14: 20,000 metres
    • Week 3, Aug. 15–21: 30,000 metres
    • Week 4, Aug. 22–28: 40,000 metres
    The distance goals do not have to be done in one sitting, but must be done during the timeframe indicated. By the end of the challenge, you will have accumulated 100,000 metres.
  • For kids (aged 16 and under) and adaptive athletes, the weekly meter totals are as follows, for a total accumulation of 50,000 metres:
    • Week 1, Aug. 1–7: 5000 metres
    • Week 2, Aug. 8–14: 10,000 metres
    • Week 3, Aug. 15–21: 15,000 metres
    • Week 4, Aug. 22–28: 20,000 metres
  • Indoor rower, on water, SkiErg, on snow and BikeErg metres count.
  • Note: BikeErg metres are counted as half when applied to the challenge.
  • This is an individual challenge. (You do not need to belong to a team to participate.)
  • Metres must be entered online.

Who Can Participate

Anyone with an online logbook at concept2.com can participate in this challenge.

Incentives and Rewards

Participants who meet the challenge can enjoy:
  • Name inclusion on the Challenge Honor Board.
  • A specially designed downloadable certificate.
  • The option to purchase Dog Days of Summer items from our third-party fulfillment vendor (availability varies by country).
Are you taking part this year?
I am completing an intensive renovation of my house this summer and will not be taking part this year, but I will keep you all posted on how individuals are doing each week of the challenge!

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

100k Tandem British Record Holders!

I wanted to share the amazing news about our fellow team-mate Ken Murdoch and his indoor-rowing buddy Alistair Coast-Smith who are currently holding the C2 British record for 50-59 tandem 100k at 6:48:39.8!


They completed it last weekend to raise awareness for the Brain Tumour Charity. We are all very proud of you both!

Friday, 19 April 2019

Happy Easter and WEC 2019 Results!


For the World Erg Challenge, we have rowed ourselves into the top 6% of worldwide teams! 20th place out of 359 teams. Amazing work ETT'ers. 


If you compare ourselves with only virtual teams with 21-50 members we fair even better and reside in the top 4 of teams!


Individual achievements must be mentioned and celebrated with some fantastic feats of endurance from our awesome team-mates!

In the top spot is Preston with an amazing 600k. He is in a league of his own here, rowing more than three times more than the average ETT'er! You deserve some time off now Preston.
Rob D, Andy S, Ken M and Peter C are exclusively in the 300k+ boys club rowing between 350k to 300k respectively. A great effort guys!

A trio of eggscellent team-mates rowed enough metres to be in the 200k club. Tomasz, Mike B and Mick LeT rowed 200k+. Nice work chaps!

There is a party happening in the 100k+ club this competition! We have the following team-mates erging away with impressive metres starting with our top female, Julie, then Zjev, Mike F, Caroline (me), Robert, Phil V, Evan, and June! Well done crew.

These guys have erged merrily away and almost made the 100k club; Phil H, Jeff A, Glenn, Oliver, Les J, Kevin H and Karen V! Great work team.
We could not have made the top 6% place if it hadn't been for the contributions from the rest of the team.  Jurjen, Diggy, Joe S, John B, Lance P, Ric Y, Larry, Matt, Simon, Edward, Bouke, Mike D, TJ, Mark K, Esa and John F! Thanks, everybody, every metre counts!

Enjoy a rest before the next challenge which is a new one starting in May based on a half marathon or marathon row! I will give you more details nearer the date.

Have a restful Easter weekend and you deserve to chomp down on a couple of chocolate Easter eggs guilt free after all the hard effort you have put in!

Sunday, 7 April 2019

WEC 2019 Week Three

Hey ETT'ers how is it going?
It is Easter holiday season over the next few weeks in the UK so I hope you all get a chance to spend time with family and friends.
We are making good progress in the standing during the third week of competition. In the virtual teams with 21-50 team-mates, we are in 5th place, which is an amazing achievement folks!

I have set up an Empty the Tanks club on Strava so if you already signed up, join us!



In the full team standings, we are in 21st place sandwiched between Team Estonia and Rowing961!


Have you achieved any PB's during the competition so far? Any best times, distances or season improvements? I managed a pretty decent 2 x 20-minute session last weekend which I was happy about.
Don't forget that the 2019 season ends at the end of April so make sure you rank any of your good workouts so you have them recorded against the worldwide rankings.

Let's look at the achievements of individuals this week. The top ten are as follows:



A bunch or regular high flyers occupy the top ten.
Preston is our top team mate, followed by Ken M, Andy S , Peter C and Rob D.
Tomasz, Mick L, Mike F, Mike B and our top female erger Julie make our top ten !


A raft of steady ergers has contributed between 121k - 40k with many regulars and new faces helping us achieve our top 6% in the rankings.


Every metre counts. The rest of our team-mates have added between 38k-5k each to boost our performance against other teams!

As ever, I give you all a huge shout out of thanks for being such amazing team-mates who constantly surprise me with your hard work and resilience in these team challenges!
Keep your spirits up in the last eight days of the competition!

Sunday, 31 March 2019

WEC 2019 Week Two

We are well into the second week of competition and we have moved up the rankings into 21st place out of 356 teams!


The Mud Season Madness competition of rowing 5k or 10k ended today, how did you get on?

So far 3 ETT'ers have qualified for the honour board. Did you manage 25 days of 5k or 10k?

Back to the World Erg Challenge, individual achievements in the top 10 are as follows:

Has your WEC training plan gone to schedule?
Let us know how you are getting on on Facebook, here on the blog or on Strava. Quite a number of ETT'ers have Strava accounts (you can set one up for free to record your daily fitness routines) where we encourage one another with our erging, biking and hiking!


Keep up the great work guys and I will update you with more WEC news later in the week.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

WEC 2019 Week One

We have started as we mean to go on in the World Erg Challenge this season! I had a busy week last week with a visit from Ofsted inspectors (for non-UK ETT'ers they are government school inspectors) over a three-day period which was very intense. I still managed to squeeze in my daily 5k's to contribute to the Mud Season Madness and WEC challenges even if it was at 04.00am in the morning!

Our top ten contributors in the first 10 days are:

Look out for more blog posts this week about uploading metres to Strava and linking up with team-mates on there.
Keep up the great work folks! I'll catch up with you all on Friday.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

World Erg Challenge 2019

It's the last team competition of the 2019 season. Join in with the fun and fitness on the 15th March until 15th April for the World Erg Challenge. You can contribute metres on your usual rowing erg or the ski or bike erg too!
Upload your individual metres which will add to the team total. Read more about the challenge here.
We did really well on the last challenge in January, finishing in the top 4% of worldwide teams!


In conjunction with the team competition, there is a personal challenge the Mud Season Madness where you aim to row 5k or 10k for 25 or more days of March.
More information can be found here.


Thursday, 14 February 2019

Happy Valentine's Day ETT'ers!


Looks like we are a fit bunch of romantics. Enjoy the rest of Valentine's Day with those you love x

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Row 14k for your Valentine!


Row 14k between the 9th February until 14th February and get the chance to download a C2 related Valentine's card for your loved one!