About Us

Chris & Claire Donald have many years experience of the running and fitness world between them and are passionate about running: for competition; fitness; and just for pure enjoyment! They both strongly believe that running should be enjoyable and life-enhancing, even when training hard for important races. They own and co-direct Purple Patch Running.

We believe that running, at every level, should be challenging, achievable and enjoyable.  All too often, however, we get caught up in the day to day stresses and strains of fitting in runs, staying motivated, finding new routes, finding new running partners, achieving times, etc.  At the end of the day, however, we feel better when we run than when we don’t so don’t let these niggles put you off your stride...

We at Purple Patch strive to offer you that extra something.  If you are attending our training camps, we aim to make sure that each runner goes home with their own particular objective achieved, through individual guidance and coaching. If you are running in one of our races, we aim to make it a great all-round experience, with scenic (and sometimes challenging!) routes in unusual locations.   If you join the ‘Purple Patch Runners’ running club, we make sure you feel a very welcome and valued member of the club. We offer that personal touch that you just don’t get elsewhere.

We look forward to hearing from you .....Chris & Claire.