Dick Tayler
Dick Tayler (cropped).jpg
Tayler in 2014
Personal information
Birth nameRichard John Tayler
Born (1948-08-12) 12 August 1948 (age 74)
Timaru, New Zealand
CountryNew Zealand
Achievements and titles
National finals1500 m champion (1970)
10,000 m champion (1974)
Cross country champion (1973)
15 km road champion (1971)[1]

Richard John Tayler MNZM (born 12 August 1948) is a former New Zealand runner who mostly competed in distances from 1500 m to 10,000 m.

Tayler was born in Timaru in 1948. He is best known for winning the 10,000 metres at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. In the race he won in a time of 27:46.4 minutes, beating Dave Black of England by 2 seconds.

Tayler competed at the 1970 and 1974 Commonwealth Games, as well as the 1972 Summer Olympics.

He finished 12th at the 1st IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Waregem, Belgium, 1973.

Arthritis cut short Tayler's running career.

In the 2014 New Year Honours, Tayler was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to athletics.[2]


  1. ^ Hollings, Stephen (December 2016). "National champions 1887–2016" (PDF). Athletics New Zealand. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  2. ^ "New Year honours list 2014". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
Awards Preceded byJack Foster Lonsdale Cup of the New Zealand Olympic Committee 1974 Succeeded byJohn Walker