Hijabi Runners



About our group

Welcome to Hijabi Runners, an all-girls running group!

The running group was initially set up by Namrah Shahid – to share her love of running with others, and to see other hijabi runners out there. Eventually creating a team and club to run races with and to champion breaking down boundaries and sterotypes!

Who says Hijabi girls can’t run?! …Well the Hijabi Runners  sure as heck can!

Namrah talks about her own journey…”Personally, getting into running has to hands down have been the best thing that has ever happened to me. Physically, spiritually and emotionally, I have found running to have benefitted me in every way, and we’re here because we want to pass on our running passion and help you start your running journey too!”

Muslim and BAME girls are a target demographic for this running group as statistics show we are one of the most lacking groups with regards to sport and physical activity, however this does not mean you have to be a hijabi, a muslim or BAME to join us! …just a lady!

From runners as young as 14 to running mummies, from experienced runners, to new runners, from competitive to casual, we’re here for everyone! You don’t have to have run before!

Hijabi runners aim to:

•    Represent the underrepresented (and often the misrepresented!)

•    Get (primarily) muslim girls into running

•   Dispel the stereotype around hijabis running (breaking down barriers in the process)

• Form friendships and be a fun and inclusive running group!


They are a unique group, based in Leeds, where there’s nothing like us around. Hijabi runners is a group of positivity, inclusivity and fun!

You can read all about our story here:

For any questions just drop us an e-mail on, or you can instagram us @hijabirunnersleeds.

Looking forwards to having you join us!

Namrah – founder of Hijabi Runners.

// Endorsed by the Leeds Muslim Youth Forum //

Type of Group

Female Group