Yes, I am also the marathon runner
On 24 September 2017, I ran 2.37.55 in the Berlin Marathon, a personal best at age 40. I am under the qualifying time (2.38.00) to run for Ireland at the 2018 European Championships, so fingers crossed.
On 27 July 2014, I ran the Marathon for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I placed 12th in 2.40.29, in what was then my second fastest time ever.
I was born in Maine, USA, but now have both Irish and British citizenship and I am proud to run for Northern Ireland. I have received tremendous support from North Belfast Harriers, Athletics Northern Ireland, Sports Institute Northern Ireland, the Marathon Mission, Belfast City Council, and the local running community.
I ran collegiately at Providence College, USA (1995-1999), and was a member of the 1995 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship Cross Country Team. I won the 1999 Walter Byers Award for the top female student-athlete in the NCAA.
Running Biography: Gladys Ganiel
Nation: Northern Ireland/Ireland
Coach: Matt Shields, North Belfast Harriers
‘The Guru’, Ray Treacy, my coach at Providence, who continues to answer all my questions after many years!
My training for Berlin was supported by physio Ross Harris and training partner Marty Rea.
For the Commonwealth Games, I benefited from the support team at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland, especially my strength and conditioning coach Paul Talty and physio Chris McNicholl; as well as Athletics NI massage therapist Kyle Alexander.
Marathon: 2.37.55 (Berlin, 2017)
Half Marathon: 75.08 (Dublin Rock n’ Roll, 2013)
10k Road: 34.42 (Swords 10k, Dublin, 2013)
Select Championship Medals:
Northern Ireland Cross Country Gold: 2010, 2011, 2013
Northern Ireland Cross Country Silver: 2009, 2014
Northern Ireland Half Marathon Gold: 2014, 2017
Ireland Marathon Bronze: 2011
Ireland Half Marathon Gold: 2007, 2017
Ireland Half Marathon Silver: 2011, 2013
Ireland Cross Country Bronze: 2011
NiRunning Monthly Feature on Commonwealth Games Athletes (scroll down page)