Celebrity Quizzers Descend On York

Some of quizzing’s biggest names descended on York over the weekend of Saturday 22nd February to take part in the inaugural National Elite SpeedQuizzing event.

Run by York-based quiz tech company SpeedQuizzing, in partnership with reigning Brain of Britain and UK quizzing Grand Master David Stainer, the event attracted the very best quizzers, including Egghead’s Barry Simmons, Kevin Ashman, Dave Rainford and Pat Gibson, as well as Jenny Ryan and Paul Sinha from ITV’s The Chase.

SpeedQuizzing’s industry leading software was used to host two games, with 70 players connecting and playing a number of fast-paced, interactive quiz rounds through their own smartphones and tablets.

The solo event saw Iain Thoms emerge as the winner in a fiercely fought contest that saw the top three players separated by just a few points, with Iain taking home the first prize of £1,500. The team game was equally close, with Dark Matter, ultimately victorious, scooping a first prize of £1,500.

Commenting on a successful event, Alan Leach, co-founder of SpeedQuizzing and joint host on the day, said: “It’s the first time we’ve organised an event of this scale and magnitude and we were blown away by the demand for tickets, with top quizzers travelling from all over the UK to take part.

“It was a joy to host the event alongside David Stainer and quite incredible to experience first-hand the level of trivia knowledge in the room. As you’d expect, both games were fiercely contested affairs, so really well done to the winners who proved themselves to be the very best of the best.”

If you’re interested in taking part in a SpeedQuizzing contest, visit to find out where your nearest venue is – there’s over 800 games every week! And, in the meantime, here’s a selection of ten of the questions that were asked over the two games, with players given extra points for being the first to answer correctly. See how you would have fared – the answers are included below the ten questions.

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