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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Londoners are backing Tower Hamlets Council’s campaign to bring the Olympic marathon back to the East End

Press Release   •   Oct 19, 2010 12:34 BST

In a recent YouGov survey into the London Mayor 49 per cent of Londoner think that the Olympic marathon should run through the East End and finish in the Olympic Stadium. These supporters join more that 1,000 people who have already signed an online petition to bring the marathon back to the East End.

The questions asked:

It has been announced that the marathon course for the London 2012 Olympics will take part in central London, going past Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, finishing on the Mall. This replaces the original proposed route, which would have taken the Olympic marathon through the East End to finish at the Olympic stadium. Which route would you have preferred the Olympic marathon to take?

27 per cent preferred a route around Central London, finishing on the Mall, 49 per cent preferred a route going from Central London into the East End, finishing at the Olympic stadium, and 24 per cent said they don’t know.

Originally Tower Hamlets had been set to host the basketball, walking race and marathon, but these event have now all been removed leaving Tower Hamlets as the only host borough not to be holding an Olympic event.

Locog, the Olympic organising committee, has now confirmed this month that the controversial route for the OIympic and Paralympic marathons will not take place in East London. Instead, it will start and finish in The Mall, central London.

Tower Hamlets Council is continuing the campaign to bring the Olympic and Paralymic marathons back to the East End. The is currently investigating the opportunity potential legal challenges.

To find out more about the campaign, or to sign to petition visit

Notes to editors

Lara CerroniCommunications OfficerTower Hamlets CouncilTel: 020 7364 0519Mob: 07983 465083Fax: 020 7364


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