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Tributes to athletics coach, Harvey Jaquest, who passed away at 85
A man who was a member of Watford Harriers for more than 60 years, Harvey Jaquest, has died at the age of 85.
Harvey was a familiar sight race-walking the streets of Watford. He devoted much of his spare time to athletics as a Level 4 Coach, working with several national champions and international athletes, including John Merriman, Jean Sorrell (nee Dunbar), Margaret Pickerell and, more recently, Danielle Sanderson.
Danielle said that Harvey was instrumental in her success.
"Harvey used to give me advice and encouragement, cheering me on at races and accompanying me to national squad training events and to several major championships.
"When I took up ultra-marathon running (racing distances beyond the marathon), Harvey became a coach, selector and team manager for the national ultra-marathon team, and edited and produced the squad newsletter.
"He was incredibly generous with his time, and I am so grateful for the help he gave me."
Harvey joined Watford Harriers in the 1950s, and was a founder member of Watford Joggers.
He was a competitive race walker, winning medals at European and World championships.
He also organised the 24-mile feed station for the London Marathon for many years, and helped with the marathon events at London 2012.
Before retirement Harvey worked as an estate agent and for Watford Borough Council.
He was also for many years a keen member of Bushey & Oxhey Round Table and was an ever-optimistic follower of Watford FC.
Harvey is succeeded by his wife Audrey, their two daughters and three grandchildren.
The family have stipulated that black dress is not necessary and guests are welcome to arrive in running shoes.
After the service the family will celebrate Harvey's life at Sun Postal Sports & Social Club in Bellmount Wood Avenue, Watford.
Family flowers only are requested but donations may be made to the British Lung Foundation.