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!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

JVTC 2018 Homeward straight!

We are in the final days of the January Virtual Team Challenge and we have moved up to 26th place out of 690 teams. That puts us in the top 4% of worldwide teams. We are in the top 6% of virtual teams with 51+ members.

The top ten team-mates have been rowing up a storm and have clocked up some massive metres!

The rest of the team are working hard and have contributed a decent amount of metres to help us stay in the top 4% in the standings.


Keep up the great work over the next four days!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

JVTC 2019 Halfway Heroes!

It's not all about ONLY congratulating the top ten team-mates at ETT. We also celebrate those members who have contributed metres no matter how few or how many!

Here are the team-mates who are helping us maintain our top 5% position in the rankings:



  • Julie is our top female this JVTC followed closely by Karen V!
  • Mike P, Evan, Rob and Diggy are re-igniting some historic battling for the lead position in our top 15 places
  • Ric, Karen, Les, Jim M, Glenn, Phil V, Jeff, Phil H, Mike B and Lance are all set to hit 100k by the end of the challenge if this pace keeps going strong



Keep working hard ETT'ers and share your stories on the blog or Facebook account!

Monday, 14 January 2019

January Virtual Team Challenge 2019

Hello Empty the Tank'ers!
It's two weeks into the January Virtual Team Challenge and we are steaming ahead in 27th place out of 666 worldwide teams. That puts us in the top 4% which is pretty darn good!
If you only compare us with virtual teams with 51 or more members we are in 16th out of 253 (top 6%).
We have got some old regulars back in the fold (Phil V, Karen V, Mark B) and some new faces lighting up the leaderboard (David R, James G, Zjev!).
Here are the top ten rowers in the team in the first fortnight of rowing:


Keep up the fantastic work team. In three days time, we will have reached the halfway point on the challenge. Buckle up we are in it for the long haul!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Happy 10th birthday to us!


I started the team with six team-mates in 2009. At the time there weren't any female team captains so I thought I should create my own group offering a friendly and inclusive team to join. Today, we now have over 260 team-mates with 70+ active members! 

The name 'Empty the Tanks' came from an encouraging comment shouted by a cox during an indoor rowing competition in 2008 to one of our original team-mates Chris V! Chris achieved a PB for his 2k and some of that can be attributed to the encouragement and passion of the cox cheering him on!

I am looking forward to being captain of ETT for many more years of indoor rowing with such a fantastic bunch of team-mates. I would like to thank you all for the commitment and energy you all have for indoor rowing, fitness and fun.

Let us know your Empty the Tanks story by commenting below or on the team FB page.
How long have you been a member?
What was your most memorable PB?
Did you achieve a great competition result?