I am Simon Debognies, a professional distance runner with the Ministry of Defence and the Runners' Lab Athletics Team. I am currently specialising in the 5000 metres and the 10000 metres. In the longer term, I want to make the step to the marathon. The running bug has been with me since I was a child, and I caught it during my first school cross-country run in the park at the end of my street. Immediately afterwards, I joined the local athletics club and the starting shot was fired for a career as an athlete. Many worn-out running shoes later, I have Belgian and European medals in my pocket, as well as experience at international championships. Now, with a lot of passion and ambition, I am working towards my next goals.
Athletics (5000m en 10000m) -> Runners' Lab Athletics Team (team), Topsport Defence (employer) & Olympic Essenbeek Halle (athletics club)
Number of hours’ training per week
12 - 14 hours
"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit"
My favourite Etixx products
I used to use Etixx Recovery Shake. Both chocolate (winter) and raspberry-kiwi (summer). Always been satisfied with it. Goes down smoothly, tastes good and is not on the stomach. I have already used Iron 125 AA as an iron supplement at altitude training. I have also had experience of Magnesium 2000 AA.
Why are you satisfied that Etixx has become the new sports nutrition partner of the Runners' lab Athletics Team?
I am convinced of the quality of the product range and have already had good experiences with some of the products. Just like within our team, the scientific approach is very important to you. The guarantee of doping-free products is also a must. I also immediately noticed your personal approach with the ambassadors (team day, whatsapp group,...). That is why I am fully committed to our cooperation!
My personal records
- 50000m: 13:23.58
- 10000m: 27:57.29
My greatest sporting achievements
- 2 x silver at European Championships 5000m (U20 in 2015 & U23 in 2017)
- 15th at European Championships 10000m seniors (Berlin 2018)
My #GiveItYourAll moment in 2022 - 2023
- 2022: European Championships Munich 10000m
- 2023: Budapest World Cup
My social media
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