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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

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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.

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