Search

Fight begins to bring 2012 Olympic marathon to east London

10:19 22 September 2010

Campaigners want the 2012 Olympic marathon to come through east London

Campaigners want the 2012 Olympic marathon to come through east London

2010 Getty Images

Councillor angry at proposals which would see showpiece event moved to central London

"If these plans go ahead there will be a lot of disappointed residents in east London"

Paul Brickell, Newham Council

COMMUNITY leaders have launched a last-ditch campaign to ensure the 2012 Olympic marathon finishes in east London.

London’s organising committee is considering breaking with tradition by moving the final stages away from the Olympic Stadium.

A final decision has yet to back taken, but planners are believed to want the majority of the event moved to central London as it offers better views for the television cameras and more space for spectators to watch.

But east London authorities are furious at a perceived ‘snub’ and have urged Olympic bosses to re-think their plans.

“If these plans go ahead there will be a lot of disappointed residents in east London,” said Newham councillor Paul Brickell, whose borough is hosting two-thirds of the 2012 events.

“These are the same residents who have consistently supported the Games and who have with good heart put up with the disruption caused by the Games’ construction and it would be unfortunate for them to be denied.”

“We would ask for a solution that will see the race finish in the stadium and also take in the great sights of Central London.”

London Assembly member John Biggs was even more critical of the proposal to move the marathon route, adding: “The main selling point of our bid was the life it would breathe into East London.

“It seems odd that the organisers want to turn their backs on the transformation they have helped to happen. Canary Wharf, the Stadium and Tower Bridge are all notable venues to make a marvellous backdrop for the East End.”

LOCOG says it is looking at all possible options for the marathon route and a final decision will be made in October.

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 18:51
Ravi Bopara in action for Essex (pic: Nigel French/PA).

Bopara and Westley play key innings in Wales

Yesterday, 16:00
Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James looks to move the ball forward with AFC Wimbledon's Andy Barcham putting pressure on him (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Midfielder captained O’s in final two matches of the campaign, but hasn’t been offered a new contract and will leave in summer

Yesterday, 13:00
Will Ashby in action for Essex Leopards against a Team USA Select last year (pic: Paul Phillips)

Select side set to visit Brentwood Centre

Sunday, May 22, 2016
Jamie Porter in bowling action for Essex (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Bowlers combine to dismiss hosts in Wales

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Lewis Bridger celebrates a race win for Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Elite League: Lakeside Hammers 60 Coventry Bees 33

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Nick Browne of Essex leaves the field having been dismissed for a career-best 255 against Derbyshire (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Opening batsman misses trip to Glamorgan

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Nick Browne in batting action for Essex on his way to a career-best 255 against Derbyshire (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Batsman extends stay until end of 2018

Friday, May 20, 2016
London Raiders goalie Michael Gray (pic: John Scott)

Record-holder back between the posts for 2016/17

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe