Now there'll be famous faces and professional athletes at this weekend's Birmingham 10k - but that's not all. A group of women from Balsall Health, many of whom were new to running just months ago, will also be taking part.
The most recent figures from Sport England show that while more than half of men in the West Midlands take part in sport, only 37% of women in the region do the same.
As Melissa Wright reports.
A runner from Derbyshire has become the fastest 14-year-old in European history after winning the 200 metres at the National Indoor under 17 championships.
Ryan Gorman's time of 21.76 seconds makes him faster than Usain Bolt at the same age - but only by five hundreths of a second!
Ryan trains at the Nottinghamshire Athletic Club and has since turned 15, but his training continues.
Usain Bolt broke his own record in the 100m at London 2012, but he only managed to set his third fastest time in the 200m at 19.32 seconds. His personal best 200m time was set in 2009 in Berlin at 19.19 seconds.
Jake Harrison from Leicester won the Marathon of the North - even though it was his first ever marathon!
More than 800 people have taken part in a 10k race in memory of Nottingham Forest legend, Brian Clough and his former assistant manager Peter Taylor.
The first Clough-Taylor People's Run took place at Donington Park in Leicestershire to raise money for various charities, including Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Nottingham Hospitals Charity, CP Sport and Hope Against Cancer.
Competitors wore red and white t-shirts, the colours of the two football clubs Clough and Taylor managed.
The pair steered Derby County out of the old Division Two in 1969, and three years later won the first division title.
The first Clough Taylor People's Run takes place today around the Donington Park racing circuit.
The aim of the 10km run is to allow people to pay tribute to Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, while raising money for charity.
The race course is aptly half way between the cities of Derby and Nottingham, the two places to benefit from the men's management prowess.
5000 people are expected to take part in the run.