A SOUTHSIDER left some of the top runners in Texas for dust to win gold at the USA Fit Half Marathon in Houston.
The 29-year-old, Stuart MacDougall, claimed victory in the race by two minutes in just one hour, 19 minutes and 14 seconds — a personal best.
The accountant was away on business and the avid runner decided he couldn’t go a week without competing.
Race organiser Debbie Mercer said: “It was very exciting when we realized that the man crossing the finish line as our winner was one of the UK runners!
“I think Stuart won the hearts of many Texans with that accent! We hope to see him again next year!”
Stuart told The Extra: “I thoroughly enjoyed every stride on the course and the enthusiasm and encouragement offered from my fellow runners, volunteers, marshals and spectators was quite incredible. The adrenaline was running high after the national anthem at the halfway point!
“It was a privilege and a pleasure to be part of it and winning the race was the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake”.
The Muirend man continued: “I stuck to GMT for the duration of my trip to the US. Therefore instead of the race starting at 7am on Sunday morning, for me it was 1pm in the afternoon which was a definite advantage over my sleeper counterparts!
“However even on a January morning in Sugarland Texas, the temperature was still 17 degrees at the start — just as nice as a fine afternoon in July!”