Meet Nienke Brinkman

Date of birth
28 Oct 1993

Country
The Netherlands

Personal Bests
Marathon
2:26:34

Since taking up running in 2020 Nienke Brinkman has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the sport which promises so much.

Born in Indonesia but raised in Liederdorp in the Netherlands in her younger days she impressed in the sport of field hockey – playing to a national division two standard.

Living in Zurich where Nienke is studying a PhD in geophysics, she only started running during the first lockdown in 2020 to help relieve stress but quickly discovered a passion for the sport.

Intending to run the 2020 Amsterdam Marathon the event was cancelled she instead opted to run the race virtually and surprised herself by running 2:39 for the 42.2km distance.

After linking up with her first coach – Benjamin Ueltschi – in February 2021 she has gone from strength to strength. In July the Swiss-based athlete won the Zermatt Marathon – an uphill marathon –before producing a wonderful run on her official marathon debut in Valencia last year.

Aiming for a sub-2:30 clocking she posted a stunning 2:26:34 in the Spanish city – to run the third fastest time ever by a Dutchwoman.