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Greater Manchester Marathon Running Holiday
The Greater Manchester Marathon has partnered with Embrace Sports to offer its athletes an exclusive pre-marathon running holiday in January 2012. To reserve your place please complete the booking form below. There is no better way to kick-start your build-up to the marathon than in the sunny Algarve with fellow competitors!!! Full details of the running holiday are below.
Greater Manchester Marathon Booking Form
Please ensure you insert the correct information. We will get back to you asap with confirmation to your booking.
  • If you would like to request you own private room (subject to availability).
  • On completion of the booking form, a £100pp deposit will be required. You will receive an email invoice with payment directions. The balance invoice will be required 6-weeks prior to departure.

Greater Manchester Marathon Running Holiday: 21st - 28th January 2012
GMM has partnered with Embrace Sports to offer a targeted pre-marathon training holiday in the Algarve, Portugal. This holiday has been specifically designed to for GMM athletes to arm them with great training, coaching, expert tips and advice for the big day.

The training week is suitable for all abilities and will build on your running strength, endurance, speed, technique and knowledge of longer distance running. Outside of the training you will get to stay at luxury villa accommodation, receive fantastic catering, attend optional excursions and spend time with fellow GMM runners.


Dates: Sat 21st - Sat 28th Janruary, 2012

Location: Lagos, Portugal

Price: £495pp (VAT inc)

Full package below

To reserve your place on this training holiday please fill in the form above and click 'Submit Booking'.

    Information about this training holiday      
Whats included?
Quick links to holiday info
Holiday comments
“It was an absolutely superb week! I’m fitter, more relaxed, motivated and ready to set some personal bests! (Oh yes – and very tanned!) – I couldn’t have asked for anything more!”
“Can't recommend these guys highly enough. Our training holiday last autumn was simply fabulous. From the enormous villa with two swimming pools, which would not have been out of place in the Hollywood hills, to the food which was barbecued nightly with enormous expertise & the great running or biking on quiet roads / trails in the woods & overlooking the sea.”
Mike Scofield, UK
"In the words of Albert Einstein, "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". This week proved to me that I'm pretty insane -I've been training in the same way for years and been surprised I've not improved. Graeme has highlighted the need to record my training sessions and to have a proper training schedule. Approaching 40 is not an excuse for not running PBs!"
Joanne Ling, Essex
Benefits of a training holiday
1) Great holiday location:
Training holiday locations are selected against a checklist of criteria to make sure they are viable locations to host a camp. One of these criteria should answer the question “Is it a good holiday location outside of training?”...more
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• Targeted marathon training and coaching
• Luxury villa accommodation
• Airport transfers to and from Faro
• Training transportation and support
• Catering: Breakfast & lunch food provided. Dinners prepared for 5 nights
• BBQ evening after a scenic trail run
• Embrace representatives managing your running holiday
• Free technical training top
Whats not included?
• Flights (see recommended flights)
• 2 Restaurant meals (approx 15euros)
• Entry into some sporting facilities
• Entry to excursions when applicable
• Travel insurance
Optional extras

• Depending on availability, a private room may be requested for a £100 supplement
• One-to-one 45min introductory course into swimming or cycling: £30
• Road bike hire: approx £110pw... more info
• Cycling helmet hire: £5pw
• Wetsuit hire: £20pw... more info
• Swimming goggle hire: £5pw
• Large beach towel hire: £3pw
• Sports massage: £35 for 30min

Optional extras can be indicated at the time of filling in the booking form and are subject to availability.

Flights and arrivals

As our guests travel from all over the world to attend our training holidays, we ask them to arrange their own transport to the location. This not only helps keep the package costs low but also gives guests the flexibility to choose their own airline and arrival time… more about flights

Once guests have confirmed their reservation on one of our training holidays we ask them to send us their planned travel itinerary before booking. We normally ask for an arrival and departure time of between 12:00 – 17:00. These times quite often don’t suit so we will work with you to make sure transfers are arranged.

Who is this suitable for?

This marathon training holiday is suitable for all abilities. The holiday will be focused around the build up to the 2012 Great Manchester Marathon. Embrace will be catering for first time marathoners through to championship marathoners. Embrace have expert qualified coaches & leaders focusing on all abilities during these weeks.

The weeks training schedule will be run so that there will be longer & shorter options for athletes. The training will be supervised and run by Embrace representatives and will encompass some of the most amazing and scenic running routes in the Algarve.

We get a mixture of abilities, age groups, singles, couples and even small groups attending our training holidays. Whatever your running goals are we will sit with you at the start of the holiday to plan out each training session so that you get the most out of your time with us.

Embrace representatives
All the Embrace representatives are experienced, qualified and very active athletes. Best of all we are fun to be on a training holiday with! We don’t run a boot style camp but you will come back having achieved some amazing milestones in your training... more

All of our training sessions are completely optional and we will sit with you at the start of the holiday to indicate which sessions to attend or focus on. For more information about the running on our holidays see: Running

Here is an example of what the training schedule is likely to look like.

Sample training schedule:
Day 1
Easy 5km beach run
Nutritional plan for the week
Day 2
Woodlands Trail Run: 10 or 15m option
Individual time with coach (training to date & weeks targets)
Easy 25min recovery run by the beach
Day 3
Trail Run: 8km loop
Optional recovery massage
5km easy run in Portimao
Day 4
Track Session: 6 x 1m marathon pacing session
Optional cross-training activities
Hill Challenge (optional)
Day 5
Coastal Run: 10km Praia de Luz
Individual time with coach (marathon training schedule plan)
Local recovery jog
Day 6
Technical Session: Drills and Race preparation
Recovery massage
Rest & Coaching Q&A session
Day 7
Lagos Long Run: 16 to 22 miles
Optional swim recovery
Restaurant night out
Day 8
An Embrace representative will be at the local airport (or train/bus stop) at a pre-arranged time to pick you up and drop you back off after your training holiday. Transport will also be provided too and from training locations when needed. There may also be an Embrace vehicle on training sessions providing hydration and nutrition for longer runs... more

One of the common comments when guests first see our villa in the Algarve is “wow… I never thought we would be staying in a place like this!” The villa is luxurious, spacious, private and located near all training facilities and amenities. The villa has a lovely Portuguese / Moroccan charm to it and is always a huge hit with guests.

Some of the features of our villa are:
• Large outdoor private swimming pool and bathing area
• Two spacious living rooms
• Large indoor dinning area
• Games room containing: pool table, table tennis, darts, football table
• Large outdoor barbeque and dinning area
• Outdoor stone pizza oven
• Bike racking and maintenance area
• Utilities room containing: washing machine, dryer and an extra fridge
• Fruit orchard and cross country field
• Large double rooms with most containing an en-suite and balcony area
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Room options:
• Twin bedroom £495pp (based on two people sharing)
• Double bedroom £495pp (based on two people sharing)

*Depending on availability, a private room may be requested for a £100 supplement.

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There is nothing worse than being on a holiday and having to do the shopping and cooking. Not to mention after a hard days training! So to ease the pressure and to make sure that you get a truly enjoyable break, Embrace will make sure all your food and drinks are provided and your evening meals prepared. We will ask for any dietry requirements before the time of departure.. more
Sample Menu:
Wild mushroom and Italian sausage risottos served with fresh salad and garlic bread
Chicken and vegetable pastas served with a bean salad & roasted potatoes
BBQ kebabs and honey chicken breasts served with a cashew nut rice salad
Wood fire seafood, chicken and roast vegetable pizzas (restaurant night out)
BBQ salmon and herbed chicken breasts served with rocket salad & French sticks
Roast beef and chicken served with mash potato, roast vegetables and boiled broccoli
Traditional Portuguese food (restaurant night out)
Excursions and entertainment
During each day guests have free time to check out the local sights, visit cafes, relax or go on one of the optional excursions we tend to do between sessions. The ‘holiday’ part is a big part of what we promote so we do our best to show you a good time!
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