John Johnson – a remembrance
As you know long time club member, John Johnson, was tragically killed whilst out on a ride on Saturday 12th September, 2009.
John joined the club around 1974 as a 16 year old and soon became one of ‘the group’. He very rarely missing a club run and competed in most types of events: time trialling, road racing, and cyclo cross. His name appears on a number of club trophies and his main claim to fame was winning the TCA hill climb at Kildale in 1977. He was also elected to the club committee for a short time in the late 70’s.
However my main memories are of those club runs and his fearless descending. Two instances spring to mind :-
- Descending from the Bilsdale mast and bouncing off the safety barrier but keeping upright and
- Descending the side of Clay, missing a corner and disappearing down into the woods. The rest of the club run laughing at his misfortune.
He was also a member of the quartet who used to always sing (very badly) at the top of our voices as we rode along. The other members being Andrew Allen, Steve Maidens and myself. John loved his music, The Moody Blues being his favourite band after he was introduced to them by my brother, Mike.
John met his wife in 1980 and they got married in 1981 a day I again remember very vividly as I was his best man, a job which I was very proud to undertake.
John leaves behind his wife, Angela, and sons and daughter, Andrew, Philippa and David.
Steve Binks – October 2009