Tribute to a friend and a colleague

John Taylor, an Assistant at Bradley Park, in Huddersfield, and a top international athlete died in early August from what doctors believed to have been an enlarged heart brought about by the extremely intensive training he undertook. He was just 33.

Following his death, which was reported in the Daily Mail under the heading, 'Fatal dedication of man who ran himself to death' his Head Greenkeeper, David Brierley and his fellow greenkeepers wrote this tribute to their friend and colleague.


John had worked at Bradley Park Golf Course in Huddersfield as greenkeeper for 15 years and was a great friend to his colleagues, a young man whose humour and spirit could be relied upon to brighten the greyest day. He was an inspiration to all who followed his great success in athletics where in Fell Racing, Cross Country and Mountain Running he represented his County, Country and Great Britain both as a Junior and Senior Athlete and was never more at home than racing up Alpine Tracks in Switzerland, his favourite venue, from the many international competitions for this Holmfirth and Bingley Harrier.

John was soon to be married to his beloved Kirsten and they had planned to build their home together in Huddersfield where he had begun to consolidate a greatly promising career in greenkeeping with studies for his NVQ Level 3 at Askham Bryan College.

At work, as in his sport John applied himself with great dedication and commitment, he had an overwhelming love of the great outdoors and was truly content at work and play. A guiding star and inspiration to those who had the great pleasure to know him. 'Joggy' was a unique man who will be sorely missed, this world has indeed lost an outstanding individual.

David Brierley, Marcus Cordingley, Andrew Chipendale, John Moonie and Martin Shaw the team at Bradley.