Seb Coe has hit back against critics who say plans to route the 2012 Marathon to the Mall rather than the Olympic Park show shame or embarrassment about the East End. He explains LOCOG’s proposals are about logistical merits, meshing the marathon with a matrix of World Championship events across the capital requiring intricate coordination. Newham’s lobbying for a historically interesting East Ender route through Aldgate, Whitechapel, Stepney, Bow and Stratford. But honestly, Londoners, for the one, free to view public event of the London 2012 Games, wouldn’t you rather be lining the Mall? A decision is due in October.