A story of 120 years!
ROYAL RACING CLUB OF BRUSSELS (RRCB), combining today three sections (Athletic tracks, Free Speed Group and Triathlon), can be considered as a pioneer club in athletics and sport in Belgium.
Created by a group of friends on the heights of Koekelberg in 1891, the club is thus more than 120 years old and has register number 2 of the “Ligue Royale Belge d’Athlétisme” (LRBA).
Its activities, once also including soccer and biking, were moved to the “Vivier d’Oie” in Uccle in 1903, where soccer and athletics went hand in hand.
At the origin of the creation of the LRBA in 1912, the RRCB however had to face competition of new clubs of the capital (Union St Gilloise, Daring, Excelsior) as well as of Antwerp (Beerschot, Antwerp) in the years 20/30 and had to wait until the end of the 30s to reach new summits thanks to Louis Van Hoof (who became president afterwards) and Julien Diamant.
But the real “golden age” of the RRCB was between 1947 (year of the creation of interclubs) and the end of the 50s, period during which our club monopolized national interclub and individual titles. In 1955, Roger Moens became world record holder of the 800m in Oslo.
Installed in 1953 in the renovated stadium of “Les Trois Tilleuls”, the RRCB still had bright days thanks to athletes such as Jacques Pennewaert and Henri Clerckx, both Olympic finalists. After a difficult period in 65/70, the RRCB became again successful thanks to Anne-Marie Pira, multiple record holder and champion of Belgium, the regretted Jean-Pierre Borlée, his brother Jacques and several other champions of Belgium. This revival materialised in 1977 by the 3rd ranking at the men interclubs.
At the beginning of this century, the club re-energized with athletes from its youth school. The club can be proud of numerous national titles won by these athletes, in particular of the junior European title of Anne Zagré who became famous on world level.
Good luck to the Royal Racing Club of Brussels of the 21th century!