Taking marathon from East End is “insult” says Green’s mayoral candidate

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 October 2010

Alan Duffell, Green party candidate for Tower Hamlets mayor

Alan Duffell, Green party candidate for Tower Hamlets mayor


THE Green candidate campaigning to become the first directly elected mayor of Tower Hamlets has hit back at the “snobbery” of the decision to take the marathon away from the East End.

Alan Duffell said it was an insult to take the marathon route away from the East End.

He said: “I see the diversion of the route away from Tower Hamlets as a huge missed opportunity to raise the profile of the borough and give us something to be proud of – I would even go so far as to say an insult. It is also a missed opportunity to generate enthusiasm for sport among our young people –having a major event pass through your area has a powerful effect, and I can only bemoan the many potential stars who will not now be inspired by its visit. The Olympics Committee should hang its head in shame at the sheer snobbery of this decision.”

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