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Ole! as Antony finishes latest lap of his marathon challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:29 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:35 12 August 2010

A MARATHON runner has completed the second stage of a five-race challenge. Antony Masters, who is raising money for Kent Air Ambulance, finished the 26.2 mile run in Barcelona on Sunday in 4 hours 41 minutes and 59 seconds.

A MARATHON runner has completed the second stage of a five-race challenge.

Antony Masters, who is raising money for Kent Air Ambulance, finished the 26.2 mile run in Barcelona on Sunday in 4 hours 41 minutes and 59 seconds.

The 35-year-old PR and marketing executive for BMI Sloane Hospital, Beckenham, Chelsfield Park, Orpington, and Fawkham Manor, Fawkham, joined more than 13,000 fundraisers.

He said: "The people of Barcelona came out in full force to support the runners on the course. As you can imagine the colour and sounds of the Spanish capital were amazing.

"You need solid support to get through any marathon and the Catalonians certainly gave us their all. Running through such a stunning city was just fantastic. The architecture is so beautiful, and you can't help but be stimulated by the buildings.

"I'm now back into training for Brighton [his next marathon]. With just seven weeks to go I've got to build on my efforts to try and secure a better time."

Starting at 8.30am at Placa d'Espanya in the centre of the Catalan capital, the race snaked its way through the city and past some of Barcelona's landmarks such as Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia cathedral, FC Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium and the waterfront that was redeveloped for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Mr Masters finished the New York marathon in November last year and has two more to complete, along with the world's toughest half-marathon. Next up is a return to UK soil and the inaugural Brighton Marathon on April 18. He will then take a break over the summer before he competes in The Great North Run in Newcastle on September 19. A week later he heads to Berlin for the German capital's marathon.

Lynn Hyder, county fundraiser for Kent Air Ambulance Trust, said: "It's a great result for Antony. He's certainly determined to complete this challenge to raise funds and awareness on our behalf.

"It's exciting as the next marathon is on home soil and so we're going to be able to physically support him on the route through Brighton." To sponsor Mr Masters, visit www.justgiving.com/

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