How do they calculate £1 per runner per run of damage? That would be over £10k per year of maintenance? Must be an amazing park......
It smells of a parish council trying to scam some extra funding with a grant out of the county council. I am not sure they would be allowed to enforce parking charges and keep the income themselves (parish councils do not normally do that).
If they were genuinely concerned about damage I am sure that if they asked to put some collection buckets at the start a couple of times a year and ask for contributions I am sure they would collect all they needed.
If I am running 13 mile I will take a gel around mile 9-10. Its not completely necessary but I feel it helps, especially post race recovery.
However if you are struggling with them it is best not to bother. Use your training to work out what it is you are trying to fix, are you using gels because you think you should or are you trying to fix something?
I am not an expert on a no added sugar diet but maybe that is one area you should look at. One of the benefits (I find) of running is being able to pretty much eat anything I like.
In my opinion everyone can find 30-60 mins of time twice a week to exercise. If you are unable to, then you either are not motivated, supported or disciplined enough. Look at your calendar, speak to your friends & family and work out how to make it happen.
If you are very overweight (I understand I have been there) a cheap static bike in front of the TV is an excellent way of building a base level of fitness that makes running more doable
If I do an especially long on a Sunday I find a 20 min jog on a Monday night loosens everything up again. Generally though I cannot see much point in exercising for less than 30 mins, Too much hassle, changing, showering, etc.
I tried to take up running twice before being able to (just about) do it. The one time I failed was trying to train for a distance / plan I could not do and was seeing the mountain as to big to climb.
My advice would be to book another 10k in 3-4 months time and get a training to focus on that. You can then treat your 8 week 10k race as a training run (walk a bit if you need) without putting on too much stress. Usually a 10k plan will have you running over 10k in the weeks before the race so might be a bit much in 8weeks.
I always like smartcoach on this website, but I am not sure what the beginner schedules are like.