Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a fabulous New Years Eve!

Tomorrow is the first day of the January Virtual Team Challenge so you'll need to get reacquainted with your rowing machine after an enjoyable Christmas break. There is still time to sign up if you haven't already. Go to the team tab on your online logbook and click on the current challenge to join 25 Empty the Tanks team mates in the JVTC 2012.

Dig out your gym clothes, dust off the C2 and line up some of your favourite music to help clock up the metres and burn off the Christmas indulgences on the first day of 2012.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Christmas bike ride around Richmond Park

Chris and I met up with Edward J at 10.30 this morning for a brisk bike ride around Richmond Park. We had an early detour via the coffee van in the first half an hour of the ride then did two laps of the park. The weather changed more often than the number of helpings of turkey at Christmas with sunshine, dark clouds, rain and lots of strong winds. I was very disappointed that we didn't see Fenton the dog (if you missed December's most watched Youtube hit check it out here: Fenton).

Le Tour de Richmond Park finished with another hot drink and chat in the cafe. We discussed the imminent January Team Challenge and training programs for the English and British Indoor Rowing Championships in eight and fifteen weeks respectively.

There is a good interactive training program available on the C2 website:

Chris and I have used this in the past and I know that fellow team mates Mark and Ric have followed the C2 plan for the Grimsby Indoor Rowing Championships (where they gained medals!).

There is still time to sign up for the English and British Indoor Rowing Championships. If you haven't already entered - why not make it a New Year's Resolution to compete?

The following team mates have already signed up:

EIRC 12th February 2012 = Caroline, Chris and Mark
WIRC 19th February 2012 = Caroline and Chris (maybe)
BIRC 25th March 2012= Mark, Ric, Del, Chris, Caroline and Edward J

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

WIRC 2012

15th January 2012 is the deadline for online registration for the 2012 World Indoor Rowing Championships (CRASH-B's) in Boston, USA on 19th February.

Follow this link to enter:

Any entrants from the UK and Ireland will get their entry fee paid by C2UK - you just need to select to pay by cheque on the CRASH-B website then e-mail C2UK at this address:

For competitors in the USA and elsewhere the entry fee is $25.00.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

EIRC 2012

For those of you who want to enter the English Indoor Rowing Championships on February 12th at the Manchester Velodrome the deadline for entry is 20th January 2012.

Entry costs £12. Follow this link for the entry form:

Send your entry form and entry fee, made payable to ‘Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club’ to:

EIRC, 51 Featherstall Road, Littleborough, Rochdale OL15 8JJ (Don't use registered post).

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas Everbody!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Holiday Challenge 2011

While most people around the world are frantically wrapping presents, preparing turkey's and peeling sprouts; Empty the Tanks team mates are rowing the final metres for the Holiday Challenge 2011 (and THEN wrapping, peeling, roasting and cleaning)!

An impressive number of ETT'ers completed the 200k as well as the 100k challenge; here are the results:

The exclusive 200k club

Todor 253,473
Pieter 250,000
Bill D 230,325
Christiane 208,782
Andy H 200,679
Mark B 200,216
Andy S 200,039

The 100k club

Caroline 185,723
Teodora 177,736
David J 168,235
David B 149,448
Kim B 141,825
Joe C 135,782
Phil 131,245
Jean 123,000
Ric 118,402
John F 105,000
Bill 102,655
John G 101,542
Edward 101,500
Jim 100,125

Excellent work team mates - you all deserve a fantastic Christmas and relaxing New Year.

See you all for the January Virtual Team Challenge 2012!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Only five days left for the Holiday Challenge

Excellent work from loads of team mates who have already reached the 100,000 metres requirement for the Holiday Challenge 2011!

Here's the dream team:

1. Bill D 213,687
2. Pieter 210,000
3. Todor 202,594
4. Andy S 200,039
5. Christiane 176,426
6. Andy H 165,679
7. David J 152,730
8. Mark B 145,205
9. Teodora 143,999
10. Kim B 128,825
11. Joe C 114,732
12. Caroline 110,528
13. David B 109,932
14. Jean C 106,000
15. John F 105,000

Saturday, 17 December 2011

One million season metres

Several more team mates have reached one million metres this rowing season. The Holiday Challenge has definitely given team mates extra incentive to put in those extra metres over the last few weeks.

Congratulations to the following ETT'ers:

Hector 1,481,787
Andy S 1,200,253
John F 1,100,00
David J 1,094,747
Phil 1,038,203
Mark 1,029,420
John G 1,020,903
David B 1,010,484

Friday, 16 December 2011

One more rower needed for Dec CTC

We have nearly floated boat two into the points rankings because Mark, Ric, John G and David J have uploaded their times for the 5k downhill interval session. There has been some shifting of bums on seats, so some of you have been booted out into boats two and three:

7 pts
Empty the Tanks I 19:30.0
Mark Bower (H) 17:22.6
Richard Young (H) 17:40.6
John Giles (H) 18:43.5
Mick LeTourneaux (L) 19:24.7
Caroline Joynson (F) 24:19.0

47Empty the Tanks II20:04.9
David Junta (H) 18:46.1
edward jackson (H) 19:14.6
Ian Clegg (H) 19:23.5
Chris Venables (L) 22:55.6

50Empty the Tanks III21:52.0
Jim Moldenhauer (H) 21:52.0

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Dec CTC boat one floated

We have got the first boat floated in this months Cross Team Challenge. So far six teams mates have tackled the 5k downhill interval session. It is pretty intense - definitely load up on protein shakes and high energy food before you try this one (just make sure it has plenty of time to settle unlike my eggs and sausages during my rowing session this morning).

We need four more team mates to get their teeth into the December challenge so we can float boat two before Santa makes his appearance.

3 pts
Empty the Tanks I 20:55.2
John Giles (H) 18:43.5
edward jackson (H) 19:14.6
Ian Clegg (H) 19:23.5
Chris Venables (L) 22:56.6
Caroline Joynson (F) 24:19.0

41Empty the Tanks II21:52.0
Jim Moldenhauer (H) 21:52.6

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

New team mate and Holiday Challenge 2011 update

First of all a big welcome to Teodora from Istanbul. She has recently joined Empty the Tanks and has already signed up for the January Virtual Team Challenge 2012, she is also in the top ten for the most metres rowed in the current individual C2 challenge. I hope you enjoy rowing with the ETT'ers.
The top ten team mates in the Holiday Challenge 2011 are:

1. Pieter 110,000m
2. Bill D 105,709m
3. Todor 85,000m
4. Andy S 77,096m
5. David J 75,926m
6. Andy H 75,071m
7. Teodora 66,707m
8. Kim B 65,097m
9. John F 65,000m
10. Joe C 62,256m

Keep up the good work people.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

A Bronze, SB and PB at Cardiff

Mark and Del competed at the Welsh Indoor Rowing Championships on Saturday 3rd December in Cardiff.

Del pulled in a great 2k row and got a Bronze medal for his pain! Congratulations on behalf of all ETT'ers.

Mark entered the 2k and the 500m race. He got his Second Best (SB) time for the 2k 6:25.1 and manged a PB of 1:24.3 for the 500m race afterwards. Impressive stuff.

Read more about the WIRC on Mark's blog

Thursday, 1 December 2011

C2 Advent Calendar

C2 have created a Christmas advent calendar which has a different work-out of the day and a different offer on products from the online C2 shop.
Check it out here:

Nobody has been able to upload the December CTC yet because the site is still displaying the November Challenge.