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.
On 12 August 2018, I ran 2.42.42 on a warm and sunny day to finish 33rd at the European Marathon Championships in Berlin, helping Team Ireland finish 8th.
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!
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)