Katt stick with the park run, one day you will get a dry surface and you'll smash your PB!
Do you start near the back? I have seen loads of beginners go off really fast and then struggle later on. When I started parkr run I used to take a short walk break, then I started trying each week to take the break later and later by going a tiny bit slower on the 1st kilometre.
I did the 5 miles on Saturday, a few seconds under 50 minutes so I was chuffed with that.
Hopefully your running will help you through these tough times.
i live just by the Chilterns, so hills all around but I am in the bottom of the valley next to the Thames so only get hills if I want them by simple going left or right of the main roads! The park run with steps is Wycombe Rye, boy many steps but they are bloody big.
I went out today for 5 miles and it turned into just over 10k, 6.3 miles in 64:41. Haven't run a 10k for a year so pleased and aim to bring that time down by Christmas as I am toting with doing the Cliveden XC 6 mile event on 4th January. if you look it up online and search the pictures you will see this course has 72 steps, once on each lap!!
Ninja, Compeed blister plasters are the answer! twin layer socks like 1000 mile also help.
Katt good luck with Park Run, I did the harder one of the 2 near me last week. I hate the course as it has steps and has 800 metres on long boggy grass. I should have got up 15 minutes earlier and gone to the other one instead, which I much prefer.
I hadn't done a park run for almost a year, now up to 43 so will eventually get my free T shirt once I get to 50.