Meet the runners: Nynke Hijlkema

With the Vitality Run Series British 10K just days away, find out why LPO Violinist Nynke Hijlkema is joining ‘Team LPO’ on the run, and hear about her final stages of training.

To find out more about the run and to donate, visit Team LPO's Virgin Money Giving page.



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Why are you taking part in the 10K?

Nynke (pictured second from right): To raise money for the Education Department of the LPO! I feel lucky that my children can come and hear live concerts, and I think all children should have that opportunity!

Have you had any experience of working on any of the LPO’s education programmes?

Yes, I have done several education programmes. I find it very interesting and rewarding work.

How experienced a runner are you?

I wasn't really a runner before I signed up for this but now I am running more regularly. I blame my colleagues for having dragged me into doing this 10K race, but I am starting to enjoy running!
I used to go out for just 15 minutes once or twice a week, but now I have increased my distance (and time) quite a bit. And I have started to do an outdoor circuit training class once a week which is fun.

Do you find that running has any particular advantages for you as a musician?

For musicians a relaxed body and a clear mind are important, and I find that running certainly helps to achieve that. I find it quite therapeutic, and I feel generally more positive and energetic after a run.

Do you have any tips for people who are considering taking up running?

I am not the right person to answer that question as I have only just started running a bit more seriously!

What made a difference for me was not to do boring rounds in the same park, but to actually go somewhere beautiful or interesting! And going together helps; when you are chatting, you are distracted and before you know you have done more than you thought you could.


Team LPO is taking part in the Vitality British 10K London Run on Sunday 10 July. To support the team, or to find out more, visit their Virgin Money Giving page.