unfortunately i live too far away to be of any help, but i am in a similar position myself. Are there any websites or anything that put people in touch with other runners..apart from Runners World i mean! If you have any success wouldyou let me know.
I live in the Teesside area, as to my pace .....I dont really know, somewhere around an 11 minute mile. It depends who i am running with because if i'm on my own i slow down. I know that i run faster with others because when i can make it to the running club i run farther and faster than i do on my own.