The internet is a good place to start. A woman calling herself Tigger writes: A year down the line, we live together and have shared an absolutely amazing time —mountain-biking, climbing, sailing, paragliding and skiing. She is totally ace. We have travelled around the world and have many more adventures to come.
This has changed my life. I tracked them down and invited them to supper. Funoutdoors is actually Andy Elwood, an ultra-fit year-old divorcee who works as a search and rescue winchman in the Shetland Isles. Tigger turns out to be Virginia Mills, a sporty year-old equity derivatives analyst from London who really does go by the name of Tigger.
They make an attractive couple and it takes ony a few minutes to realise how well suited they are. If I did, they were unlikely to share my outdoor sports obsession.
I chose the Telegraph site because I hoped to meet someone like-minded and because I wanted to increase my chances of meeting someone I clicked with, romantically or otherwise. She had similar interests in adventure sports, seemed good fun, attractive — and she baked! It was a month before they were able to meet in person. They decided on a mountain- biking weekend in North Wales for their first encounter and, despite the mud, torrential rain and a few injuries, it was a hit and the two have been a couple ever since.
The only problem now is geography. They are now travelling between their two homes but hope soon to find a way to live together permanently in one place. Andy is a great proponent of the site. There are currently 33, people using Telegraph Dating and 20 per cent of those are expats and more than 65 per cent are university or college-educated.
So what makes them choose to date through the Telegraph rather than use one of the other 1, sites operating in the UK? We go the extra mile, in terms of rigorous profile and photo checks, to ensure that the experience matches up to their expectations. Kevin Pearson, 61, who runs his own bathroom company, met Inge Edwards, a 63 year-old-language teacher, eight years ago through the classifieds.
Both of them were divorcees looking for a new relationship. Inge remembers it well. He had a very kind face. We are very pleased that we both read the same paper — even if we do fight over it first thing in the morning.