Bedford Girls’ School swimming coach Ed Castro claimed gold at the ETU Triathlon European Championships in Switzerland.
Leading from start to finish in the 25-29 male sprint race in Geneva, Ed completed the 20-mile course in a little over 66 minutes, seeing off his nearest rival, Dane Andreasen Bjarke, by 20 seconds.
The 27-year-old’s success on the continent follows his win at the World Championships in the same category last August, when he won on his international debut.
“I’m relatively new to triathlon, having only taken up the sport three years ago, so the win in Canada in such a huge race filled me with confidence, and made me believe I belonged at the top level for my age group,” said Ed.
He only missed out on swimming for Great Britain in the London 2012 Olympics with a shoulder injury, and added: “My swimming has always been strong but I’ve really worked hard to improve my cycling and running, which showed in Geneva.
“To lead after the swimming leg and know you’re now able to consolidate that advantage through the other disciplines is a good feeling.”
Having finished top of the charts for the swimming section as well as in the top 10 in the cycling and running in Switzerland, Ed can now look forward to defending his title at the World Championships in Chicago in September.