Thanks very much everyone - advice much appreciated. Been away for NY so haven't checked in until today. I am going to risk it and wait and keep the Surrey HM as a back up as it would actually be slightly easier for me to get to!
I'm not a newbie either really - was exactly where you were this time last year Caroline! I've run regularly through the year so should be really pleased, but as the year wore on life took over and I missed weeks. But I did manage a 10k on 1 April from being on c25k at the start of Jan, so Caroline, your plans are very achievable!
This year I am determined to make it a habit, so feel I need that beginner support - would love to join your thread?
Trigger - so jealous of your running achievements! I am thinking of entering the GNR ballot too! And a parkrun habit would make me very happy ... Saturday mornings are my achilles heel though