Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween and Oct CTC update

Happy Halloween ETT'ers.
I used to be a werewolf but I'm alright noooooowwwwwwwhh!!!! It's my favourite seasonal joke!

We have one boat floated in this months scary Rugby test with a sting Cross Team Challenge. We had some awesome entries from Ken, Jonathan, Mark, Rob and Karyn in boat one. I am a bit lonely in boat two that didn't make it into the rankings. Better luck for the November CTC!?

13 pts
Empty the Tanks I12:50.0
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Jonathan Turns ETT (H)
Mark Kaehler (H)
Rob Drury (L)
Karyn McNamara (F)
91Empty the Tanks II15:23.2
Caroline Joynson (L)
The November (or should it be re-named Rowvember) Challenge has been set by Sub 7 and its the rather complex sessions as follows:

The Sub 7 Triple 7 Up or Down Ladder: November CTC

777m - 666m - 555m - 444m - 333m - 222m - 111m / 2 minutes rest between all reps. 

First rep from a standing start. Subsequent reps can be from either a standing or rolling start.

This can be done as a continuous 3108m row for the folks that don't like intervals. 

We want to allow the option of working up the ladder from the bottom. So, essentially, the session can be a choice between the one we've proposed 


111m/222m/333m/444m/555m/666m/777m - 2 min rest between all reps.

It gives folks the choice of which end they start from, and hopefully makes it interesting!?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

FTC 2014 Final day!

You have until the 18th to upload any remaining metres..... but we are currently in 10th position with over 9 million metres which is extremely impressive stuff! Excellent work team mates.

I will do a full write up at the weekend. In the meantime enjoy some well deserved rest... not too much for those ETT'ers who are contemplating the BIRC in February. I will discuss training programmes next week.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

FTC 2014 Day 27

Wow. This competition is hotting up. With only four more days to play we are still in the top ten and are very close to Team NAS Pensacola (we have battled with these guys before) with only 700k in it. when you consider that they have 636 team members against our 46 team mates we are doing pretty good!

We are still holding onto second place in the virtual teams with 21-50 members!

Have you got any FTC firsts to share?
Have you rowed more metres than ever before / hit a new goal / improved on a distance or timed piece? If so I would love to hear from you so I can share the news with fellow team mates.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

BIRC is back!

It’s back with a new name and at a first class venue!
British Rowing have recently announced that the inaugural British Rowing Indoor Championships will take place on the 8th February 2015 and will be staged at one of the most iconic venues of the London 2012 Olympics – The Olympic Velodrome.

The British Rowing Indoor Championships at Lee Valley VeloPark, the new name for the Olympic Velodrome, will be staged and managed by British Rowing for the first time.
If you would like to be among the first to receive news of plans for the British Rowing Indoor Championships including how to enter, please sign up here!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

FTC 2014 Day 23

We are moving towards the final straight of the competition and we have made excellent progress during this year's Fall Team Challenge.

We are still in the top ten out of 290 world-wide teams.

We are in second place in virtual teams with 21-50 members which is brilliant stuff!

If you have been wondering where our very own Estonian Erg master Rainer has been during this competition he e-mailed me to let me know what he has been up to:

He has been rowing with his erg-mate Rait and are attempting to erg a new one million metres tandem world record in January 2015. 

They have a Facebook page so check it out to find out more information:

They are hoping to achieve two world records during this event; 
  • the one million metre tandem 
  • the longest continual tandem row 

Rainer says that "Some people say we are crazy; but life is too short and there is no reason not to try extraordinary things :)"

Hear, hear Rainer and good luck on behalf of all ETT'ers!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

FTC 2014 Day 17

We are holding on strong to our top ten position with over 5 million metres in the bank!

Keep up the fantastic work team. We are nearing the half-way point of the challenge so erg hard and erg strong.