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Embrace Sports

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 Embrace Sports

Venue Details

Name: Embrace Sports
Location:Midi-Pyrénées, Algarve, Rhône-Alpes
Phone:+44 797 018 9785
Sports:Cycling, Swimming, Running, Triathlon

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Embrace Sports were established in 2008 best possible training environment while combining a fun-filled holiday experience. They run cycling, triathlon, Ironman and running camps in the Algarve, Rhones-Alps and the Pyrenees.

The company is led by Neil Aitken and Graeme Buscke, both experienced competitors and qualified coaches. Neil and Graeme hold UK Athletics coaching qualifications whilst Graeme is a qualified British Triathlon coach.



LAGOS, PORTUGAL By Air; Faro (FAO) airport 75 km

PYRENEES By Air; Toulouse (TLS) airport 130 km

RHONE-ALPS By Air; Lyon airport 65 km

Embrace Sports use their own vehicles for airport transfers and your equipment. Transport will also be provided to and from training locations when needed.

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Embrace Sports use a great hotel facility in Portugal which is run by Embrace Sports and is close to all the great training facilities, shops, beaches and Lagos town centre. The hotel has apartment style rooms so in addition to the communal areas and large 15m private pool the guests get an additional lounge, bathroom, balcony and kitchen if some time away from the main area takes their fancy. The apartments also come with washing machines, Wi-Fi, satellite TV and air conditioning.

In France Embrace Sports takeover a large Farmhouse in a village just north of the main Pyrenean mountains and also features washing machines, Wi-Fi, private Pool and Hot Tub! In the Alps Embrace Sports take over a stunning countryside Chateau in between Chambery and Grenoble and is also close to great facilities.

Training Facilities

Lagos, Portugal


CYCLING - The Algarve has been a popular destination for cyclists for many years as it offers a wide range of challenging mountain biking and road cycling routes. This includes the Monchique Mountains and the world famous Tour of the Algarve. 

RUNNING - The Algarve host's breathtaking coastal tracks, woodland trail runs and flat beaches that span over 6km.

SWIMMING - The outdoor Olympic size pool at the Ancora resort is between 5 and 10 minutes drive away from the accommodation. Transport is provided. Embrace have use of their own private lanes.

Open Water swimming is encouraged where ever possible. Technical emphasis is put on these sessions including drafting and getting a general feel for the open water.



CYCLING - In France, the camp is based near the foot of the Tourmalet in the Pyrenees.  Stages 16, 17 and 18 of the 2014 Tour de France will be within close proximity.

RUNNING - The Pyrenees puts size into perspective as you are dwarfed when running by (or up!) the enormous surrounding cols.

SWIMMING - The accommodation is positioned as close to the training facilities as possible. Each location is in a short walking distance, or at most a 5-10min drive. They have built a relationship with each facility to give their guests access to their own private swimming lanes.

Open water swimming:
Open Water swimming is encouraged wherever possible. Technical emphasis is put on these sessions including drafting and getting a general feel for the open water.



CYCLING - Based in the French Alps, this camp offers the opportunity to ride many of the great Tour de France routes/climbs, including the infamous Alpe d'Huez. Wherever you go, you can be sure of stunning scenery and fabulous views to reward you after a hard climb.

RUNNING - All routes are clearly marked and selected/altered by Embrace to reflect your personal fitness levels, using their personal experience of many years' training and coaching.

SWIMMING - Open water swimming is a joy in clean lakes and with stunning scenery. 


Meet the Team


UK Athletics Qualified Coach
Championship Marathon Runner
72min Half Marathon & 32min 10km
ETU Podium AG Duathlete

UK Athletics Qualified Coach
British Triathlon Qualified Coach
ITU World Championship AG Triathlete
ITU World Championship AG Duathlete

Eric has competed for 13years including 10 Ironmans. Eric is also a highly recognised triathlon coach, is a Certified Personal Trainer, Newton Natural Running™ Certified Coach and a USAT Coach. 

Lucie comes from a background in championship marathon and cross-country running. Representing Great Britain as an age-group athlete at the EU and world championships she continues to rank among the top female finishers (if not winning!).

Andy's knowledge in running and triathlon is well worth your attention at the dinner table. Andy's bike mechanical skills also ensure guests have the right positional set-up and are rolling smooth throughout the week. 

Katrina was apart of the winning girls team (along with Lucie) at Challenge Roth 2013 beating some of the big name clubs around Europe.

Alan has been involved with coaching, training and competing in running and triathlon for a number of years. Alan has a wealth of valuable knowledge to offer guests, having competed in The Norseman Triathlon, Ironman Austria and Challenge Roth (with a sub 9:30) along with multiple marathons. 

Ryan produces a very pragmatic and mathematical formula for successful training in running and triathlon. His knowledge in the science of sports means he’s probably been there and tried it before! 

Training Camps

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Reviewed by Bernadette
On 09-Aug-2017 12:1:03

Comments:  As a regular Embrace holiday maker, I'm always interested in what the team will come up with next. They delivered a real winner with this break in the French Alps. The week's shedule - with 2 significant climbs before the Alpe D'Huez challenge looked tough. And it was - but eminently doable. And those tarmac based runs fully prepared me for an amazing run. My confidence in my running abilities has gained a boost. I met and remet a bunch of lovely people. And the accommmodation and views were stunning
Reviewed by Janny
On 09-Aug-2017 12:1:00

Comments:  AMAZING holiday so different to the others and with the uphill training it is a great way to increase strength. The finale was a climb up alp de huez which really was a once in a life time opportunity! As always the guys were great and the team was amazing - whether your new or returning ... you'll be part of #teamembrace and a life time customer after any of the holidays
Reviewed by Hal
On 09-Aug-2017 12:1:14

Comments:  This was a fantastic trip that combined just the right amount of activity and relaxation. Spectacular location and great food.
Reviewed by Erik
On 09-Aug-2017 12:1:45

Comments:  I had an amazing week with embrace! The surroundings where great for running, hills, flat. Great nature. The homemade food by the coaches was also great. I loved all the trainings, the hills are hard but make you an stronger runner. Also the stretch sessions where awesome. Ii only have good things to say about the holiday. The coaches are great, very approachable. Coming back soon
Reviewed by Lara
On 09-Aug-2017 12:1:10

Comments:  I had a fantastic holiday in the Pyrenees. The sun shone all week long and the views from the rustic farmhouse were stunning! We ran in a variety of beautiful locations, including a long run on a woodland trail, 1k reps in a park, a steady 10k lake run surrounded by snow-capped mountains, finishing with the 12k Col D’Aspin uphill road run. There was a complete mix of abilities and experience, but the coaches tailored each run to suit everyone and there was great camaraderie within the group.
Reviewed by Jen
On 09-Aug-2017 12:1:31

Comments:  This box is far too small for me to go into too much detail, however suffice to say that the inaugural duathlon camp should definitely become part of the regular Embrace camp schedule. Top class training, delicious food, breathtaking scenery and amazing company...
Reviewed by Mitchell
On 09-Aug-2017 12:1:50

Comments:  these guys are 5 Star- Great Vibe, great people, better atmosphere, if you are thinking about booking a trip-Do It! You will have the Time of your life. I loved every minute of it, wouldn't change a thing- two words: Totally Awesome! thank you Neil, Rachel, Eric and Dan.
Reviewed by Hayley
On 09-Aug-2017 12:1:17

Comments:  I spent a week working with these guys in Portugal in February ready to work towards improving my running! A massive thank you I ran my half yesterday taking with me what I learnt and shaved nearly 10 minutes off my pb!! Totally recommend and I'm coming back soon
Reviewed by Sally
On 09-Aug-2017 12:1:43

Comments:  Brilliant week, great group of people, just enough training, definitely enough food - who knew coaches were such great cooks? Definitely recommended to anyone who enjoys their sport.