Gary - it will be fine
Seriously, the people that come on these Forum rides are chilled anyway. It's a way of escaping from the world for a day, meeting like-minded people, having a laugh. After all, it is SO much nicer on here these days compared to how it used to be with all the aggro.
Tell you what, for the canal section you can protect me and ride nearest it
I look forward to instructions, e-mail in profile