Hello Road Runner, welcome
Are you anywhere near Hollingworth lake? I ran round there a couple of times a few years ago and it was a great place to run. I'm not to familiar with Oldham really though. Good luck with your running. You'll get some good support here and keep us updated.
There is the 5k parkrun at Alexandra park every saturday 9.00 -10.00. its free all you do is register on parkrun.com and choose northwest then oldham and print of barcode and thats it. You come run with the rest and they scan your barcode at the end of the race and then they email you that day your position and time so you can track you progress. its brilliant.