Our runners


A few motivated members of the Gazelles:


Nejib (on the left) is 26 years old and has been running with les Gazelles de Bruxelles since 2016.

He came to Belgium when conditions became bad in Syria. He still has an uncle here. Nejib quickly learned Dutch and finds Belgium a pleasant and multicultural country. In Syria, he learned to work with agricultural machines, but now he wants to do something in sports.

I would like to do professional sports,” he says. As a footballer in the BON team, he heard about les Gazelles de Bruxelles and then joined the group. He thinks his lifestyle has changed, because “now I know more people and I really feel healthier. With Les Gazelles, the training is very pleasant and the atmosphere is good when we run together. Competitions are also fun, when everyone helps each other! As during the 20 km of Brussels: Mohamed gave me a pat on the back during the race. It felt good.”

In the future, Nejib would like to learn Dutch better and continue to do sport. “Maybe in the future, I will open my own sport school?

Interview: Noha Fayed


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Harry has been with Les Gazelles since the beginning, in January 2013. First, he had the objective of running with them the 20 km of Brussels, which is what he did. And we jogged every Friday in Elizabeth Park. Harry also does a lot of volunteer work in the running group. He is responsible for healthy eating or support for everyone during competitions.

Anyone can run it doesn’t depend on the gender, age or background. We meet every week to run together and at the same time we get to know each other. These new contacts are extremely important for many people who have just arrived in Belgium. We don’t just run to be healthy. By running, you can let go and forget. If you are under pressure, running can help everyone clear their heads.”

Harry comes to training every week and brings tea, water and fresh fruit with him. For Harry, a healthy nutrition is a source of energy and the best example of a healthy eating habit. Harry finds it very important to eat and drink healthy and wants to pass it on to the runners. His greatest wish is that runners learn something from it and continue eating and drinking healthy.

Interview: Noha Fayed


Abdelileh is 41 years old and has been running with Les Gazelles since March.

I have been in Belgium since November 10, 2014. I used to live in Morocco, in Berkane. I took my visa to France and after that I came to Belgium and now I live in Brussels.

He worked in a bakery and baked pastries. His dream is to work as a hairdresser.

I knew Les Gazelles de Bruxelles thanks to Veerle of Link=Brussel vzw. She asked me to come running with them on a Friday. I accepted and felt good with them. After that I continued running with them every Friday and I also come to some competitions when I have time. I also brought my brother to Les Gazelles, he now also runs with us from time to time.

I run to stay healthy and meet new people. One day, I’d like run a very fast time or even be first in any competition.

I have many activities, I take French and Dutch classes, and I also do theatre at the Markten cultural centre. I do other activities with ‘les hommes des Marolles’ such as visiting other Belgian cities, playing petanque, ping-pong etc.

I would like to volunteer with the Gazelles and help them in their activities.

I like to do a lot of activities and I am very social. I really like getting to know other people: no matter where they come from and what they do in life, I don’t make any difference.

Interview: Noha Fayed