And so the marathon runner’s phone is now red hot. “My whole phone explodes, if I’m very honest my life is now turned upside down. Well in a good way,” says Brinkman with a laugh.
When exactly did you start running?
“I live in Switzerland where I am working on my PhD research, when I first came here I started playing hockey because I did that in the Netherlands too. But the level was not really very high, so I went running with a group from the university. “
“When the coronavirus came in 2020 I had way too much free time left. I started training a lot and quickly noticed that it went well and that I also really liked it. It gave me the jitters and wanted to get more out of it .”
And then you thought why not start marathons right away?
“We had thought with a group of friends to run the Amsterdam marathon in 2020. But when it was cancelled, we decided to organize it ourselves. Just unofficially in Switzerland, we ran a time of 2.39.00 there.”
“From that moment on I had my mind set on the limits and the dream of one day going to the Olympics really started to come to life.”