Original article from Kent Live
A Strood woman impressed with her quizzing knowledge on The Chase yesterday.
Karen, a local GP workflow technician, appeared on the quiz show having first applied seven years ago.
The 57-year-old was cool and collected as she built up an impressive cash builder of £7,000 and went on to play for £25,000 alongside the three other contestants in the final round.
Despite providing six of the group's 14 correct answers, it was not enough for Karen & co. to defeat The Beast.
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Karen, who chose The Chase for its knowledge-based format, spoke to KentLive about her long-awaited appearance and meeting the much-loved Bradley Walsh.
She said: "I love quizzing anyway, I've always quizzed in pubs.
"Everyone loves Bradley Walsh, it was nice to meet him. That was an added attraction!
"He was absolutely lovely and charming, just like he appears on screen.
"He really wants you to win – he's a great guy."
'Why did I apply for this?'
Karen said that Bradley, who apologised for not being able to shake everyone's hands as usual, put her at ease early on.
She remembered: "I was fairly calm until we got into the studio then everything seems huge and you're thinking… why did I apply for this?
"Once I was talking to Bradley, he makes it so easy that it was absolutely fine. I didn't even feel like I was being watched."
Karen had hoped to take on the Dark Destroyer, Shaun Wallace, as "he's really hot" but instead had to face the much-feared Beast Mark Labbett.
She said: "I was mortified when he came out! I think he's the strongest player.
"It's all very secret and even Bradley doesn't know who it will be, but I kind of knew it wasn't going to be Shaun.
"That morning I was getting ready and watching morning TV. Shaun was on it being interviewed and he said he was going home to prepare a quiz for the evening so I knew it wouldn't be him.
"Mark was lovely but he's so good and so brutal."
The Beast performed to his usual standard to chase down the target set by Karen and competitors and they left without the money, which Karen said she would have spent on house developments or an old-fashioned Toyota Space Cruiser.
Being a familiar face from the surgery, Karen has nonetheless enjoyed her "15 minutes of fame".
She laughed: "A patient came in this morning and said, 'oooh, is the lady from the telly in today?' I kept my head down, that was funny."
As for a return to The Chase in its Beat The Chasers format, Karen says she's up for a crack at revenge but has no plans for a return to the big screen quizzing game in the near future.