Search

Win a £100 Amazon voucher in this week’s Advertiser

On sale now

People’s Olympics Marathon slap in face for Lord Coe’s 2012 Marathon

12:46 17 November 2010

London Citizens

London Citizens' Assembly launches Olympics Peoples' Marathon

Olivia Harris, (+44) 7881 810 878, www.oliviaharrisphotos.com

THE ‘People’s Marathon’ has been launched as a slap in the face for the 2012 Games organisers who have snatched the prestigious Olympics Marathon event away from East London.

An angry London Citizens annual assembly at Walthamstow launched the fight back last night to bring the marathon back to the East End.

Some 2,000 delegates from organisations, voluntary groups, churches, mosques and youth clubs across London stood up en masse when the vote was called to show contempt for Lord Coe’s Olympics committee switching the 26-mile race to the West End.

The People’s Marathon ideal is being set up by Telco, The East London Citizens Organisation, in partnership with the East London Advertiser which began the fight back last month.

Mum-of-two Bethan Lant, who has run in the London Marathon, is chairing the Telco move.

“The whole of East London is bitterly disappointed that the route has been switched,” she told the assembly.

“The East End is good enough for the London Marathon each year—so why isn’t it good enough for the Olympics Marathon?”

The proposed People’s ‘alternative’ would run from The Mall through the City, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham “ending up where it should” at the Olympics stadium being built at Stratford.

The move comes a week after Tower Hamlets’ new mayor, lawyer Lutfur Rahman, threatened Lord Coe’s Olympics organisers with High Court action for breaching their pledge to run the marathon through East London.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Tower Hamlets as a ‘host’ borough,” he said. “Some people won’t get the chance to see the events apart from the marathon which would inspire the next generation.”

Telco activist lawyer Robyn O’Reilly joined the campaign angered at ‘alternative political interests’ she says don’t want “the East End’s social poverty and neglect in the gaze of the world’s media.”

Latest News Stories

9 minutes ago
Tower Hamlets ex-mayor Rahman (inset) ordered to disclose earnings for last five years

Deposed ex-Mayor Lutfur Rahman has been ordered by the High Court today to disclose his income going back five years and tax returns back seven years.

We may see repeats of these scenes across the tube network later today and tomorrow

TfL say if the planned industrial action goes ahead, “there will be no Tube service from late afternoon on Wednesday July 8 and no Tube service at all on Thursday July 9.”

11:00
Queen meets  professional dancer Bruce Lait, 32, at Royal London Hospital day after bombing. Bruce explains how his hearing was damaged by blast, travelling to rehearse for a show he was due to appear in [photo: Fiona Hanson/PA]

The A&E at the Royal London Hospital looked like a war zone as fleets of abulances brought in the severly injured on stretchers and the walking wounded from the 7/7 bombing at Aldgate Underground station on the morning of July 7, 2005.

09:00
The explosion between Liverpool Street and Aldgate on 7/7. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

An inter-faith service of remembrance is being held in the East End this-afternoon just half-a-mile from the scene of death and destruction of the Aldgate bombing exactly 10 years ago today—one of four terrorist bombs set off on London’s public transport network on the morning of the notorious 7/7 attacks of 2005. Mike Brooke, News Editor of the East London Advertiser at the time, recalls what happened as events unfurled on that fateful morning:

Most read news

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder