People cycle in Guildford!!
If you are a habitual wearer of glasses like myself, then get a helmet with a removable peak. I like the cheaper Met ones with adjustable headbands. Peaks are very effective in the rain.
You do use mudguards, dont you?
Ive come to the conclusion that you can't fight rain. I have used Gortex for several years. It is OK, as good as any breathable waterproof gets, but overhyped. It works less well on damp days, and will leave you with a clammy feeling when you climb hills. My Gore Jacket is cut for touring rather than racing, so I can use it over a fleece in winter (off the bike).
Pile and Pertex clothing does not keep rain out, but keeps you comfortable. Ive used it successfully in the recent cool rain we have been having. In light rain it will dry out whilst you are riding, and in heavy rain it will stop you getting cold.
Have a look at the Techlite clothing at
It is important to wear fabrics which handle moisture well. For riding around town I use Rohan trousers. For commuting or general winter riding I use Ron Hill tracksters.
I am a pretty cold rider, so I make good use of some Freestyle pertex pants in winter. Very cheap and very effective.
Foot wear is the biggest problem, but I still havent solved that.