A college worker scooped almost £5,000 by winning one of TV’s toughest quiz shows.
Adam Crump, 44, a course information advisor at Kirklees College in Huddersfield, was part of a four-man team which won on ITV’s The Chase.
Hosted by Bradley Walsh, contestants are under pressure to answer questions as they are ‘pursued’ by a red hot quiz expert.
Adam and his teammates set one of the biggest totals and beat chaser Paul Sinha by a massive eight points, sharing a £19,000 prize pot.
Adam, who lives with wife, Beth, 43, in Cleckheaton, said: “It was a surreal experience. I went on there with no expectations. To win is fantastic.”
Adam, who appeared on the TV quiz Eggheads 10 years ago, was persuaded to apply by Beth, and within three weeks of an audition he was booked to appear.
Originally from Kingston-upon-Thames, Adam filmed the show last October at the ITV studios not far from his former home at Teddington, Surrey.
“They film three episodes on the day and we were in the studio from 7.30am until 1pm,” he said. “Bradley Walsh was full of cold and a bit grumpy to start with but soon warmed up!
“I went there with no idea of what to expect. I just didn’t want to make a fool of myself.
“I have a reputation of being a good quizzer among my friends but never expected to win.”
On Tuesday TV viewers saw the team rattle up 24 points, putting the heat on the chaser.
Adam and his team kept their nerve while the chaser faltered and the win was easy by the end.
“We were told the average score is 15 to 17 points and anything over that gives you a chance,” said Adam.
“The chaser told us afterwards that it was probably the third biggest beating he had ever taken, which was nice.”
Adam, Beth and friends Adrian and Jo Hazel compete every week in a quiz at their local, the Halfway House in Birkenshaw. The prize is a tenner which goes into their ‘curry fund’ which pays for a night out.
Cricket fan Adam said on the show that if he won he would pay for a trip to watch England v Australia in last winter’s Ashes.
Given England’s battering he was glad he didn’t go.
Instead his £4,750 share of the prizemoney will go on home improvements and a summer holiday to Florida.
Adam has now caught the quiz show bug and would love to go on BBC show Pointless.
Chaser Paul was magnanimous in defeat and said: “You couldn’t face a better organised team. Well played.”
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