Yes, I am also the marathon runner
On 21 February 2016, I ran 2.38.47 in the Seville Marathon, a personal best.
It was tough getting fit for Seville as I had my first child, Ronan O’Neill, on 26 May 2015 — so he was only nine months old when I stepped on the line in Seville.
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 Seville was supported by strength and conditioning coach James Knox, physio Ross Harris, pilates instructor Neil Healey, and massage therapist Jen Goodall. Hydrorun underwater treadmill helped me through the pregnancy and post-partum.
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: 2.38.47 (Seville, 2016)
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
Ireland Marathon Bronze: 2011
Ireland Half Marathon Gold: 2007
Ireland Half Marathon Silver: 2011, 2013
Ireland Cross Country Bronze: 2011
NiRunning Monthly Feature on Commonwealth Games Athletes (scroll down page)