We had all done off-road running races before and could all comfotably run 6-7 miles, and i would advise that you can get to that level just because the more you know you can do the more enjpyable it will be, but it was my first helly hansen and I really enjoyed it. you say you've done a bit of both so go for it. we're in the next one too..
Lots of people will be giving the race a go for the first time so don't worry. just take mars bars, drink and a change of clothes and see what happens!
The canoes? no training needed, only a short distance and to add to the fun they didn't even give us any paddles so no skill required there!
my team have just done theOctober race, great fun. i too have a old mountain bike with no suspension, which was fine if you are happy on your bike but if it's not a mountain bike you might be better off hiring as need chunky tyres - lots of sand and muddy puddles to get through!
there is a well organsied transition area that you start from and go back to after the run and after the cycling so can leave food and drink no problem. take lots of drink and snacks - we took over 4 hour to get round...
as long as you can run happily through mud for a few miles and are prepared to get muddy and probably wet and have2 mates mad enough to join you then you'll have a good time.. good luck
It's VERY hilly, but a friendly race and it was the first 10k that i'd ever done too when i did it last year. I did walk, quite a lot actually, but didn't come last! also have entered again since and did improve my time so why not?!
Hello, re running clubs in Guildford, i go to British Military fitness which is circuit training/running on tues and thurs evenings but they also do a running club on Sunday mornings if that is any help. good instructors, you could look at thier website and give them a call. not sure if i'm allowed to put thier details up on the forum, not used it before but good website and easy to find.