For those people who enjoy running (and from the number of people who run the Bridge to Brisbane every year alone I know there are a lot of you), and who like the idea of combining fun and exercise, gather a few like-minded individuals together and start or join a running club. All you need is a pair of running shoes, a few friends (even one will do) and the will to run.
The key to the survival of a running club is to keep it interesting. Change the route every week, change the times or the days. Aim to finish at your favourite café so that the eggs benedict-shaped reward at the end will be motivation enough to keep your legs moving. Use it as training for a marathon or fun run, or as a way to explore different areas of the city.
There are heaps of useful tools on the internet to help you make the most of running club – run.com shows, by city, a number of already established runs, detailing their degree of difficulty and the number of hills in that route (always useful to know). Mapmyrun.com is basically an online community of active people. On this site you can plan your own running routes or view other's routes, and you can discuss and rate these with other people in the community. These sites, however, are just a drop in the ocean (or a pebble in the running track, should I say) of helpful websites for planning and tracking your running.
Running club is basically a free social activity, cleverly disguised as something healthy, just remember, what happens at running club, stays at running club.