Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram told BBC Sport how he progressed from Jarrow & Hebburn Athletics Club to 1500m glory at the Los Angeles Games in 1984.
If you want to run, jump or throw, athletics provides the perfect platform to compete.
British Athletics' Grassroots scheme provides information on how you can begin taking part whether as an athlete, coach, official or volunteer.
If you're feeling inspired to try athletics, take a look at our special guide.
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