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Embrace Sports

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 Embrace Sports

Venue Details

Name: Embrace Sports
Location:Portugal (Lagos), France (Pyrenees), France (Alps)
Phone:+44 797 018 9785
Sports:Cycling, Running, Triathlon, Duathlon, SwimRun

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Founded in 2008 Embrace Sports Ltd is now one of the most popular and trusted training holiday providers in the world. Over the course of more than 110 training weeks, Embrace Sports have had the pleasure of training over 1500 athletes of all abilities.

The Embrace experience is all about quality training, great nutritious food (and lots of it to fuel your week!), fantastic accommodation, full support from the coaches, perfect training facilities in stunning locations whilst meeting fellow athletes on similar journeys and having a great time.

All holidays are for 7 nights and include fully supported and coached training sessions. Accommodation is also included as is all day long nutrition and meals. From the minute you land to your return to the airport, Embrace Sports will take care of your entire stay. Apart from optional extras and two restaurant meals your holiday is all-inclusive.

Embrace Sports pride themselves on the all-round quality and value of their holidays and this has been recognised with an extremely high rate of returning guests and fantastic feedback. Please see their reviews on the products page and also please feel free to visit and follow Embrace on Facebook.

Embrace deliver a wide range of training holidays from 3 great locations in Portugal (Lagos in the Algarve) and France (Pyrenees and the Alps):

- Running: General, Marathon & Mountain Holidays
- Triathlon: Novice, General & Iron Distance
- Duathlon & Cycling
- Bespoke club / group bookings

All abilities are very welcome on these holidays. As experienced Embrace Sports, personal trainers and club coaches, it is their role and passion to make sure everyone enjoys and gets what they need from each session.

The majority of bookings are individuals, couples or a few friends looking to travel, train and learn with like-minded people.



Portugal (Lagos):
By Air: Faro (FAO) airport 75 km
Train & Bus: Lagos is the local town
Transfers: from Faro and Lagos

France (Pyrenees):
Flights: Toulouse (TLS) airport 130 km - Tarbes- Lourdes (LDE) airport 45km.
Train & Bus: Lannemezan
Transfers: from Toulouse airport and Lannemezan
N.B if you fly to Tarbes-Lourdes airport, take the train to Lannemezan to pick up the transfer

France (Alps):
Flights: Lyon Saint Exupery (LYS) airport 65km.
Train & Bus: To Pont De Beauvoisin.
Transfers: From Lyon Saint Exupery airport and Pont de Beauvoisin


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All of Embrace Sports’ accommodation is located close to your training venues. The training bases have been chosen because of their outstanding training environment and scenery, variety of terrain to balance your training and to give you a great training week’s experience.

Portugal (Lagos):
The accommodation is near to all the training facilities. It is a 10 minute walk to the city’s main café, bar and restaurant area and a 15 minute walk to the beach and seafront cafés.

The rooms are split between the Main complex, Guest rooms and Apartments. The apartments are fully equipped with kitchens, a bathroom, washing machine, satellite TV and balcony areas. The Main complex offers spacious, private accommodation.  There is an outdoor dining area and BBQ. For drinks there is a commercial coffee machine, fruit juicer, smoothie blender and draft beer on tap.

Facilities include a 17m training pool, an exercise stretching room, an ice bath pool to aid recovery, as well as a secure storage and service area for your bicycle.

France (Pyrenees):
The French style farmhouse is located overlooking the Pyrenees and only a 5 minute drive to the centre of Lannemezan.

The accommodation is split between the Chalet and Guest Rooms. Other amenities include Spa pool, commercial coffee machine, TV room, WiFi, 10m swimming pool, BBQ and lounge area.

There is also a large bike storage & workshop.

France (Alps):
The Chateau and Guest rooms are close to Pont de Beauvosin which is between Chambery and Grenoble.

The Chateau is a three story building with views over the surrounding gardens and grounds. There are large entertaining areas, modern kitchen, BBQ and areas for social gatherings or your own quiet space.

There is also a bike storage and workshop.

Training Locations



RUNNING - The Algarve is where Embrace host the majority of their general and marathon training holidays. The area is ideal for a mixture of terrain and sessions to provide a great boost to your training and ability. With the breathtaking coastal tracks, woodland trail runs, athletics track, boardwalks, gorgeous flat beaches and challenging hills you will get all the knowledge and experience you need whilst having a great holiday with fellow runners or triathletes.

CYCLING – For quality training the Algarve has to be right up there in terms of destinations. There is no ‘easy way’ in the Algarve! Blessed with great quality roads, you will be challenged with undulations, hills, time-trial sections and stunning scenery. The Monchique Mountains and surrounding coastal routes have been home to the Famous Tour of the Algarve for many years. 

SWIMMING – The pictures tell all the stories you need! The coastal sea swimming in the Algarve with their big rock formations provide for some of the best sea swimming experiences you will ever have. Starting with short distances Embrace introduce even the most inexperienced swimmers to open water swimming and make sure everyone is supported and suitably challenged. With additional lake and indoor swimming facilities all options are covered.

FRANCE, (Pyrenees)


RUNNING – For triathlon trips they use stunning lake runs for endurance sessions, short loops for brick runs and flat trails for tempo sessions. The running trip here focuses on hills in preparation for the famous Alpe D’Huez mountain run at the end of the week. As a new addition to the Embrace calendar in 2017 this is proving to be a tough yet extremely rewarding experience!

CYCLING - Based in the French Alps, this trip offers the opportunity to ride many of the great Tour de France routes/climbs, including the famous Alpe d'Huez, Col de la Grand Columbier, Le Mont du Chat, Le Mont Revard and Col de Aravis. Wherever you go, you can be sure of stunning scenery and fabulous views to reward you after a hard climb.

SWIMMING – As with the Pyrenees, in addition to the local swimming pools, Embrace use open water swimming options at stunning local lakes as much as possible. Clean, clear and shallow lakes are great for all ability levels.

FRANCE, (Alps)


CYCLING - Based in the French Alps, this camp offers the opportunity to ride many of the great Tour de France routes/climbs, including the famous Alpe d'Huez, Columbier, Mont Revard and Col de Aravis. 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. 


Graeme Buscke


Graeme is a UK Athletics Qualified Coach and a British Triathlon Qualified Coach. He has competed three times at the ITU World Championships for New Zealand, has been AG IRONMAN UK champion, competed at Kona twice and raced a total of 12 IRONMAN competitions. In 2017, Graeme became won the IRONMAN 70.3 35-40 Age Group at the New Zealand Long Course National Championships.

Neil Aitken


Neil is a UK Athletics and British Triathlon Qualified Coach. As an athlete, Neil is a Championship Marathon Runner and finished on the podium at the ETU Duathlon Championships.

Meet the Team


Eric Doehrman
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.

Andy Ormesher
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 Marshall
Katrina was a part of the winning girls' team (along with Lucie) at Challenge Roth 2013, beating some of the big name clubs around Europe.

Alan Scott
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.

Lucie Custance
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.

Hamish has podiumed representing Australia at the ITU Age Group World Championships. He has also competed alongside Graeme, Alan and Lucie at Kona IRONMAN. Hamish continues racing, whether this is triathlon, open water swimming or trail running.

Dan has competed for Great Britain at both Age Group ITU world championships and Age Group ETU European Championships. Dan is a qualified Triathlon England & British Cycling coach.

Training Camps

Training Packages


All Embrace Sports’ camps include;
- Accommodation
- Training
- Coaching
- Embrace Coaches
- Catering
- Table wine
You will however need some change for those café stops on the Cappuccino Rides


Training Camp Dates


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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.