Thursday, 31 March 2011

End of the March Madness

March has been a long month - 25 days (or more) of rowing 5k entitles these team mates to print off a delightful certificate for their wall. Well done team!

The rowers highlighted in red rowed over 10k a day for 25 days or more - Hope that makes you feel a bit better Mark!

Caroline Joynson 30
Andy Soyring 29
Mark Bower 29
Andrew Hewitt 26
Pieter Goes 26
Andreas Englert 25
Mike Schnell 25
Peter Yeeles 25
Richard Young 25

WEC11 Day 17

Oh-oh we have slipped down to 19th position after 17 days of non-stop dedicated rowing.
13 team mates have rowed over 100k, with the following guys putting in an amazing amount of metres:

1 Matt Longman 400,514
2 Mark Bower 282,481
3 Andy Soyring 259,358
4 Richard Young 235,146
5 Derek Kyme 170,000
6 Andreas Englert 130,390
7 Mick LeTourneaux 130,000
8 David Junta 125,560
9 Lance Peters 123,497
10 Pieter Goes 111,135
11 joseph coda 109,394
12 Caroline Joynson 106,922
13 Gordon Fletcher 102,080

Day 17 = 41 team mates = 19/239 teams = 3,407,738 metres = top 7%

WEC11 Day 16

We are at the mid-point of the challenge and we are rowing strong.

Day 16 = 41 team mates = 18/235 teams = 3,327,098 metres = top 7%

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

WEC11 Day 15

After two weeks of rowing we are in 16th place and have accumulated over three million metres. John F, Kev F and Phil signed up to the challenge today and brought over 90k with them - thanks guys.
We need to send out a collective 'get well soon' message to Andy who stubbed his toe on a dumbell and then twisted his ankle and knee - All the best for a speedy recovery.

Well done team. What do you say to a top ten position next week?

Day 15 = 40 team mates = 16/228 teams = 3,071,118 metres = top 7%

Monday, 28 March 2011

WEC11 Day 14

Yeah - we have moved up to 17th place.
Today's top ten team mates are:

1 Matt Longman 353,524
2 Mark Bower 230,362
3 Andy Soyring 208,588
4 Richard Young 189,643
5 Derek Kyme 150,000
6 Lance Peters 123,497
7 David Junta 118,559
8 Andreas Englert 110,328
9 Gordon Fletcher 102,080
10 Mick LeTourneaux 100,000

Day 14 = 37 team mates = 17/224 teams = 2,859,750 metres = top 7%

Sunday, 27 March 2011

WEC11 Day 13

18th position for the third day in a row - we have rowed over two and a half million metres and have been averaging 200k metres each day.

Day 13 = 37 team mates = 18/222 teams = 2,632,701 metres = top 8%

Saturday, 26 March 2011

WEC11 Day 12

The under-dog won the day today - Oxford beat Cambridge on the Thames. This should give us hope that we could make our way back into the top 15 with a bit more team effort from all members.

Day 12 = 37 team mates = 18/220 teams = 2,478,859 metres = top 8%

Nearly two weeks into the challenge and we have rowed an impressive 2,400,000+ metres. A number of team mates have been rowing their socks off over the past 12 days and have entered the 100k+ and 200k+ clubs. Well done boys:

1 Matt Longman 271,545
2 Mark Bower 200,344
3 Andy Soyring 176,357
4 Richard Young 174,643
5 Derek Kyme 150,000
6 David Junta 118,559
7 Gordon Fletcher 102,080
8 Mick LeTourneaux 100,000

WEC11 Day 11

Despite all our best efforts and hard work we have slipped down to 18th position this evening.

The famous Oxford v Cambridge boat race (between Putney Bridge and Mortlake on the Thames) is happening at 17:00 tomorrow - maybe we could channel some of their energy to increase our lead in the World Erg Challenge.

Day 11 = 36 team mates = 18/219 teams = 2,181,678 metres = top 8%

Thursday, 24 March 2011

WEC11 Day 10

We are in 17th place and have rowed over two million metres.
What pre and post work-out food are you consuming throughout the challenge?
I have recently got into making home-made burgers in big batches so I can enjoy a couple with bacon, avocado and a huge salad after my row - yum, yum.

Day 10 = 36 team mates = 17/217 teams = 2,006,229 metres = top 7%

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

WEC11 Day 9


We have shot up to the dizzy heights of 15th place today with the help of extra metres from Jean, Hector and Peter Y who signed up for the challenge today - great work people.

As you can see in the screen shot above, we are the 4th Virtual Team with 21-50 members - a great improvement from yesterday when we were in 6th place in this category ranking.

There are a number of big hitters who have been rising to the top of the team. The following members have been putting in some impressive numbers over the past nine days:

Matt Longman 202,643
Mark Bower 147,217
Derek Kyme 137,500
Richard Young 137,500
Andy Soyring 135,685
David Junta 103,559
Gordon Fletcher 84,000
joseph coda 73,025
Andreas Englert 70,275
Lance Peters 63,200
Peter Yeeles 57,231
Caroline Joynson 55,512
Pieter Goes 55,351
Edward Jackson 49,000
Mike Schnell 47,000
Mick LeTourneaux 45,000
David Nicholas 43,555
Andrew Hewitt 40,000

Day 9 = 36 team mates = 15/215 teams = 1,884,605 metres = top 7%

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

WEC11 Day 8

Eight days into the competition and we have collectively rowed over one and half million metres.
The C2 Tweet Crew are only ahead by 15,000 metres - can we close that gap before midnight so we could sneak up to 16th place?
Six team mates are already in the 100k+ club, with Matt L close to the 200k+ club - excellent work boys:

1 Matt Longman 174,679
2 Andy Soyring 135,685
3 Richard Young 120,092
4 Mark Bower 116,097
5 Derek Kyme 115,000
6 David Junta 103,559

Day 8 = 33 team mates = 17/211 = 1,576,302 metres = top 8%

Monday, 21 March 2011

WEC11 Day 7 and another new team mate

Welcome to Xander, 27 from the UK who joined the team last night and helped the team shoot up to 16th place - welcome to the team Xander - great action photo!
Today we have dropped down to 17th position (again) out of 210 teams and have rowed 1,368,935 metres.


Day 7 = 33 team mates = 17/210 = 1,368,935 metres = top 8%

Sunday, 20 March 2011

WEC11 Day 6 and another new team mate

We have been joined by another new member - Dan W, 32 from the UK. He has signed up for the WEC with 10k for the team.

We are still in 17th position out of 205 teams and we hit the magic one million metres mark today.

Day 6 = 30 team mates = 17/205 teams = 1,131,304 metres = top 8%

New team mate alert

Andreas, 18 from the USA has joined the team bringing over 50,000 metres with him. This has helped us move up to 17th place out of 201 teams - welcome to the team Andreas!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

WEC11 Day 5

Empty the Tanks are in the top 20 out of nearly 200 teams. We have almost rowed 900,000 metres in five days which is pretty impressive stuff.

Andy S is in pole position, with Matt and Ric battling it out for the second and third spot in the team. Matt has rowed over 40k today - hard core stuff!

Congratulations to the top ten contributors to the team:

1 Andy Soyring 85,561
2 Matt Longman 82,921
3 Richard Young 80,092
4 Derek Kyme 60,000
5 David Junta 56,551
6 Mark Bower 50,000
7 Gordon Fletcher 47,000
8 Mick LeTourneaux 45,000
9 Lance Peters 38,200
10 joseph coda 36,353

Day 5 = 27 team mates = 18/199 teams = 883,209 metres = top 9%

Friday, 18 March 2011

WEC11 Day 4

Day 4 = 26 team mates = 18/195 = 704,803 metres = top 9%

The March Madness continues

To get your name on the March Madness leaderboard you have to row over 5k or 10k each day for 25 days out of the month. The following team mates are on track to get their coverted certificate:

Mark B, Mike S, Caroline 16 days
Andrew H, Andy S 15 days
David J, Ric Y 13 days
Justin C, Joe C 11 days

Thursday, 17 March 2011

WEC11 Day 3

We appear to have dropped down to 17th place today - eeek.
Let's row an extra 1,000 metres each to try to crawl back up to the top 15. I noticed that Team Canada were just behind us yesterday - this image of their team captain should motivate us to get away from them as fast as possible - they look tough!
Unfortunately they have shot past us and are residing in 14th place - those pesky Canadians.

Yahoo, tonight we have jumped back up to 15th place just behind Ms Muscles from Team Canada.

Day 3 = 24 team mates = 15/179 = 490,006 metres = top 8%

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

WEC11 Day 2

Over the past 24 hours we dropped to 15th position and then jumped back up to our current 13th place out of 160 teams.
We have rowed over 180,000 metres since yesterday and have 37 team mates signed up for the challenge. Keep up the good work folks.

Day 2 = 24 team mates = 15/160 teams = 343,436 metres = top 9%

What music is inspiring you to put in the metres this week?

I have been channeling the great Karen O by rowing to some Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's.


Tuesday, 15 March 2011

WEC11 Day 1

We have made an excellent start to the competition with a top ten placing on day one.
35 members have signed up for the challenge with 15 team mates rowing between 5k and 25k with a team total of 152,991 metres.

Day 1 = 15 team mates = 9/104 teams = 152,991 metres = top 8%

Three new team mates

A very big welcome to three new members of the team who have also signed up for the WEC 2011.
  • Matt Longman, 45 from the USA
  • Angela McLellan, 59 from the UK
  • Pieter, 34 from the USA
I think judging by the surnames of Matt (Birgit Longman) and Angela (Kevin McLellan) they may have been persuaded by their other halves to join to team?

Monday, 14 March 2011

WEC 2011

Lance in New Zealand is at the top of the team with 5k - an advantage of being in a different time zone.
Good luck to the rest of the team for Day One tomorrow!

Saturday, 12 March 2011

World Erg Challenge 2011


The World Erg Challenge starts on Tuesday 15th March and finishes on Friday 15th April. 28 members have already signed up and are raring to go!

Over the past two years Empty the Tanks has had a good track record with team challenges - our best position to date was 8th out of 280 teams in the Fall Rowing Challenge 2010. Our aim for the WEC 2011 is to achieve another top ten position. Encourage friends, family and colleagues to join the team - every metre counts.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

The March Madness continues

We are into week two of the March Madness individual challenge and 20 team mates have rowed 5000 or more metres for the amount of days shown by their name. The names highlighted in red have rowed 10000 metres each day.

Andrew Hewitt 9
Caroline Joynson 9
Mark Bower 8
Mike Schnell 8
Phil Venables 8
Andy Soyring 7
Richard Young 7
Joseph Coda 6
Karen Venables 6
Peter Yeeles 6
David Junta 5
Derek Kyme 5
John Fewtrell 4
Steve Hellwig 4
David Nicholas 3
Jean Curran 3
Justin Clift 3
Mick LeTourneaux 3
Chris Venables 2
Kevin Ford 2

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Number one boat in the March CTC


Five Empty the Tanks team mates have rowed the 4000 metre Swedish Flat-pack interval challenge with 3 x 2 minute rests.
OK, so there is ONLY one boat in the points leader board - it doesn't matter, we are still number one!

1
1 pt
Empty the Tanks I 14:55.0
Mark Bower (H) 13:39.1
Richard Young (H) 14:06.6
David Junta (H) 14:11.7
Mick LeTourneaux (L) 14:49.9
Caroline Joynson (F) 17:48.0

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

ETT in the top 5 for the CTC

Mark and Ric have posted their times for the March CTC rows and are currently in the top 4!

1Matthew LeonardMFree Spirits I 13:03.8 1:38.0 372.2
2Frank NoorlanderMForum Flyers I 13:31.7 1:41.5 335.1
3Mark BowerMEmpty the Tanks I 13:39.1 1:42.4 326.1
4Richard YoungMEmpty the Tanks I 14:06.6 1:45.8 295.3