THEY had never met before they each decided to take part in popular TV show Winter Wipeout.
And it was only on the aeroplane over to Argentina to film the programme that Rob Macdonald and Karen Elphick realised they both came from the Portsmouth area.
Rob, 53, is from Wheatlands in Titchfield while Karen, 25, is from Powerscourt Road in North End.
’We met each other on the show at the airport, ready to head off to Argentina – then we found out we were from the same place,’ said Rob.
‘It was a bit of a surprise. We got through to the third round so we didn’t do too badly. I think we flew the flag for Portsmouth. It was absolutely brilliant.’
Back home, the pair watched the BBC1 madcap assault course show together in the Lyberry pub in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth.
‘It was a good atmosphere. We had a good old cheer and a laugh,’ added Rob.