Both of them were divorcees looking for a new relationship.Kevin was on a train to Brighton to visit his daughter when he spotted Inge’s advert: “Cheerful, charming, attractive, many interests, looking for professional male with caring attitude and sense of humour.” Kevin phoned and left Inge a voice message and the following Sunday they were meeting in a country pub for a drink. “I knew I liked him as soon as I saw him approach me in the car park.There aren’t many other people who would relish the thought of running off the top of a mountain, so thanks for giving us the means to find each other.” “Thank you, thank you, thank you! Tigger turns out to be Virginia Mills, a sporty 37-year-old equity derivatives analyst from London who really does go by the name of Tigger.

An intelligent, attractive and sociable woman in her early thirties, she initially thought dating websites were for losers.

“But, as I got older, the number of eligible single men I was meeting through friends decreased.

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.” When Andy saw Tigger’s profile online, he decided he just had to make contact with her.

There are currently 33,000 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 1,400 sites operating in the UK?

At first, it felt like shopping and I would feel rejected when 'Dan from Twickenham’ said he wasn’t interested. I’m currently single, but the experience has been overwhelmingly positive.” Internet dating makes sense for those leading busy lives or for those who don’t regularly meet new or suitable people within their existing social network.

It can also be an attractive proposition for people re-entering the dating arena after the breakdown of a long-term relationship, or after a divorce, because it allows them to be clear about what they are looking for.

A woman calling herself Tigger writes: “I found the perfect man for me at the other end of the country. We have travelled around the world and have many more adventures to come.

A year down the line, we live together and have shared an absolutely amazing time –mountain-biking, climbing, sailing, paragliding and skiing. This has changed my life.” I was intrigued to meet Tigger and Funoutdoors and to discover what made them turn to Telegraph Dating to find a partner. Funoutdoors is actually Andy Elwood, an ultra-fit 40-year-old divorcee who works as a search and rescue winchman in the Shetland Isles.

“She stood out a mile above the rest as the woman I would love to meet.