In 2014 Greg was awarded an OBE for his services to Sport, Sport Science & Charity, and was voted as one of the Top 10 Science Communicators in the UK by the British Science Council. Greg is an Olympian in modern pentathlon, and is a European and World medalist. As a swimmer, Greg has successfully swim The English Channel, The Gibraltar Straits, The Bosphorus, The Thames, and many more iconic open water swims. In 2017, Greg was Oceanman age group World Champion and a multiple national masters champion. Greg has exited the water 1st at The UK Ironman Championships, and 2nd at The Norseman in addition to multiple top three swim exists across the range of triathlon distances.
Greg is a specialist in the field of sports and exercise science. Graduating from Brunel University, he furthered his studies with an MSc in Human Performance in the USA and completed his PhD at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, London. Greg is currently a Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moore’s University and Director of Performance at the Centre for Health and Human Performance at 76 Harley Street, London. Greg's former roles include Director of Research for the British Olympic Association and Director of Science & Research for the English Institute of Sport.
Greg is the preeminent authority on Exercise Physiology and Sports and Exercise Performance in the UK. An internationally recognised expert in the field having published over 350 peer reviewed papers, 8 books and a leading media commentator. Greg has extensive professional experience assessing, treating and improving the performance of patients, sporting enthusiasts and athletes ranging from cancer sufferers to celebrities attempting their first mountain summit to Gold medal seeking Olympians.
Greg is well-known for his involvement in Comic Relief, since 2006 Greg has applied his sports science work to assist various celebrities in completing some of the toughest challenges. Greg has trained, motivated and successfully coached 32 Sport & Comic Relief Challenges including: the comedian David Walliams to swim across the English Channel the Gibraltar Straits and the length of the Thames; James Cracknell to run, cycle and swim to Africa; a team of 9 celebrities including Cheryl Cole, Chris Moyles and Gary Barlow to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (repeated with a new team of celebs in 2019); Eddie Izzard to run a remarkable 43 marathons in 50 days; Christine Bleakley to waterski across the English Channel; Dermot O’Leary, Oly Murrs and others to cross the driest desert in Africa; John Bishop to complete 'Bishops Week of Hell’ that involved John cycle, row and run from Paris to London; and Davina McCall in her 'Beyond Breaking Point' 506 mile ultra-triathlon. Jo Brand on her 'Hell of a Walk' from Hull to Liverpool. Radio 1's Greg James on his 5 triathlons in 5 cities in 5 days and Sara Cox, The 2019 ‘Return to Kili’ Team, and Claudia Winkleman & Tess Daley on their 24 hour danceathons. As a result of his work, Greg has helped raise over £45million for charity.
Triathlon and Running Coach
A former international track and field athlete, I started out as a sprinter before turning to the heptathlon, and more recently, triathlon. After many years training and racing, in 2016 I turned my attention to coaching, working with Adidas to set up the Adidas Runners London community. As an Adidas Runners Captain, I work both with our core community as well as our women’s community, planning and leading run sessions for large groups of runners of all levels and abilities. I am passionate about the life changing power of sport and dedicated to making it accessible to everyone, regardless of background or level.
Also a qualified Personal Trainer and BTF Level 2 Triathlon Coach, in 2017 I launched my own triathlon coaching business, Meraki, offering one-to-one triathlon and single sport coaching from beginner to advanced-level athletes. I also deliver group coaching sessions with triathlon clubs in southwest London, as well as pre-season training camps in Mallorca and Lanzarote.
I am thrilled to be joining the team at Luxury Sports Breaks to hit the beautiful trails and share my number one passion – running!
I have been a full time running coach for over 10 years with a wide range of runners from absolute beginners to elite, over short distance to ultra running.
With a Bsc in Psychology, specialising in sports psychology, I qualified and worked as a personal trainer in London, before setting up my own company, Carter Coaching (and LondonRunningCoach) to focus specifically on my passion for running and area of expertise, particularly trail and long distance.
I have thoroughly loved over the years helping numerous athletes succeed at their varying goals and seeing the joy it brings them.
On a personal level, I have been a competitive runner since the age of 11, competing on the track at a regional level. My first marathon at 19 took me down the slippery path of long distance running into ultras and then trail/mountain running.
I have been honoured to represent my country at the 100km distance and compete against the best in the world exploring new trails and locations internationally. For a more extensive list of results, please refer to my website.
Through Luxury Sports Breaks, I am thrilled to share the beautiful trails of Croatia. Since discovering the amazing scenery of the Adriatic coast and in particular Brac while running there over the last couple of years, I now want to share it with others while offering a luxury escape at the same time.
I am licensed with UK Athletics and a qualified level 3 personal trainer.
I am a qualified first aider.
A few highlights from my recent performances:
Chiltern extreme challenge-50km-1st
Centurion Running-South Downs Way 50miles-1st
North Downs Way half-1st
Race To The Stones 50km-OA 1st
Winschoten, Netherlands 50km-1st
Country to Capital 45miles-1st
Manchester marathon 2018-2:58:47
Highland Fling- 3rd
Maxi Mountain Marathon, France-6th
Ultimate Trails 55k-Lake District-1st
Surrey Hills Marathon-1st
Seville Marathon- 2:54:35
Brecon Beacons Ultra-1st OA
Scenic Trail Mountain Ultra-54k-2nd
Snowdon Ultra 65km- 1st
Concierge and Guest Services
Anna will create and manage your vacation, and endeavour to take the strain out of organising your stay.
Anna will be personally responsible for your reservation, from booking the Villa through to booking any of the additional Services you may wish to take to make your perfect stay in Croatia.
She’s friendly, energetic and responsible with more than 10 years of experience offering a highly personal luxury planning service, combining her love and passion for Croatia.
Anna speaks fluent English, Russian and Croatian
At our retreats, Sam is your go to man for all things practical and logistical throughout your stay. He is on hand to help the smooth running of the villas but also out supporting our groups on their trail runs and adventures. A vital member of the team!
Although a late comer to running himself, Sam has been on the side lines of the sport for well over a decade, helping out at races, crewing and volunteering.
He has a depth of experience in these roles, understanding runners needs, as well as the necessary planning and logistics that crucially goes on in the background.
More recently, through a love of regular Parkruns, his own participation grew, now having completed his first trail half marathon with more already booked in the diary for the near future.
To quote the man himself ‘KNEES UP, CHIN UP!’