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John Rainsden

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John Rainsden was the runner-up of Series 44 in 2001.

He was a 61-year old former Head of Maths at Wallingford School, Oxfordshire. John defeated Stuart Wood in his first appearance on 29 March 2001, and won a further four games before losing at the hands of Stan Airey. He returned for the final rounds as #8 seed, and pulled off a shock win over Kevin McMahon in the quarter-final, before beating David Hoskisson in the semi-final. The final against Stuart Wood, a rematch of their earlier heat game, went to a crucial conundrum with John trailing by a solitary point. However, it was Stuart who buzzed and answered correctly, meaning John had to settle for second-best. John was invited back for Championship of Champions XI after Stuart Wood was forced to pull out through illness, but he lost in the first round to an on-form Tom Hargreaves.

Preceded by
Matthew Turner
Series runner-up
Series 44
Followed by
Geraldine Hylands


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
2979 29/03/2001 P Stuart Wood 38 – 52 John Rainsden Tim Rice Gillian Evans 72
2980 30/03/2001 P John Rainsden 48 – 30 Carol Forde Tim Rice Gillian Evans 84
2981 2/04/2001 P John Rainsden 56 – 29 Dave Spall Tim Rice Gillian Evans 82
2982 3/04/2001 P John Rainsden 45 – 37 John Place Lionel Blair Damian Eadie 84
2983 4/04/2001 P John Rainsden 52 – 34 Jacqui Baker Lionel Blair Damian Eadie 73
2984 5/04/2001 P John Rainsden 49 – 61 Stan Airey Lionel Blair Damian Eadie 72
3036 21/06/2001 QF Kevin McMahon 45 – 50 John Rainsden Martin Jarvis Damian Eadie 72
3040 27/06/2001 SF David Hoskisson 27 – 39 John Rainsden Martin Jarvis Damian Eadie 73
3042 29/06/2001 GF John Rainsden 48 – 59 Stuart Wood Stephen Fry Damian Eadie 127
3395 13/01/2003 CP John Rainsden 65 – 117 Tom Hargreaves Tim Rice Susie Dent 132
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