In reply to biker bill: Decent depends.. try a few.. whats good for you is different to others, are you looking for a social scene.. racing.. improvements.. running partners.. structured training.. weekend trips.. road.. fell..
I like to be in a club with a chunk of runners better than me.. not overly so, but also have class runners around. But I also like active races.
Whats good for you maybe not so good for others, but don't feel compelled to join, just run with a club til you feel comfortable its for you.
Well there is Middleton Harriers, social club with a few faster runners, really friendly club, lots of road runners, but also an active fell section. I'm a Rochdale Harrier, runners of all standards, with lots of people doing road, fell and XC, good social scene. Royton Road Runner again all standards and a good social scene. I don't know Oldham and Royton all that well. Salford is an elite club.
Rochdale 10k on Tuesday, come down and have a run and meet a few people from various clubs. Middleton run in green, Rochdale in black with yellow and red sash type stripes, Royton in White with yellow and green and Salford in Red with a White band.