Badgers Beach Run

 

It’s hot this afternoon.  Windy and hot.

Our thermometer sits in the shade of our veranda.

The day started out in complete contrast: cool and foggy.  As the gap closed between home and Badgers Beach the fog thinned to reveal blue sky with a few tiny wisps of white.

Today was a 9km run from one side of Badgers Beach to the other and return.  By the time we started running the sun was out, it was bright with a slight sea breeze to keep the heat away.

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Badgers Beach is on the northern coast of Tasmania, about an hour from Launceston and nearly two from the farm.

 

It was lovely.  Just lovely.  Running friends, beach, the sound of the waves?  I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an early Sunday morning.

Lovely ladies to run with - Janette and Leanne :)

Lovely ladies to run with – Janette and Leanne 🙂

 

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Badgers Beach is part of the Convicts and Wenches course.

Convicts and Wenches?

A Little Tasmanian History

Tasmania is the island state of Australia.  This island home was first discovered by Abel Tasman, a Dutch Explorer, back in 1642; but Aboriginal peoples had been here for many generations before this.  It wasn’t until 1803 that the British settled in the south of the island at Risdon Cove (near Hobart), later venturing all over the island.  Tasmania was known as Van Diemen’s Land with a change to Tasmania in 1856.

The first settlements on the island were penal colonies.  Harsh and uninviting.  Convicts and their military gaolers had the task of establishing agricultural interests and seeing what else they could develop.

The crimes of the majority of those sentenced to transportation to Tasmania were minor.  Stealing bread.  Poaching game to feed the family.  Petty theft and misdemeanours surely only worth a rap over the knuckles for.  Life was hard in Britain and the prisons were overrun with criminals.  Criminals?  Not what we would call criminals today.  After being transported and serving their time (usually around seven years) the convicts were free to make the best life they could.  There are many stories of convicts making good and going on create, build and prosper. 

It is this convict history that Tasmanians are proud of.  That through adversity a wonderful place has been created that we call home.  The Convicts and Wenches event celebrates our heritage and our roots.

Louise, Pauly and I are doing the 25km option but there is a 50km and a 12km option as well.

Louise, Pauly and I are doing the 25km option but there is a 50km and a 12km option as well. (http://www.convictsandwenchesmarathon.com/C&W/Map_25km.JPG)

Back to running…

After today’s run I can see that while it is an amazingly beautiful and pristine part of the world, the race itself is going to be one of endurance.  The course changes from beach, to tracks to gravel roads.  It’s not too undulating but just a bit of up and down around the headlands.  My plan is to run the parts I can and to walk the tricky bits.

As I run I will think of this beautiful place that I call home.  All the blood, sweat, fears and tears that went into creating what we call Tasmania today.

The run today was just lovely, hard on the quads and I was quite slow – plodding along the sand.  But it reminded me about everything I love about my home – where we came from and who we are now.  Convicts and Wenches will be a challenge but I’m looking forward to it!  And, as far as running events go, it will be something completely different to try.

Happy running 🙂

Drying the sweaty running shoes in the hot windy air.

Drying the sweaty running shoes in the hot windy air.

26 thoughts on “Badgers Beach Run

  1. Love the name convicts and wenches. Also happy to read more about Tasmania’s history. I seem to have a piques interest in the place recently. 🙂

    • Thanks Sue 🙂 There is so much to do and see here. I love the name too. The event was called Four Beaches. There are prizes for best costume. I don’t think I could wear a costume for 25kms!

  2. Want a visitor from Texas? That looks absolutely amazing. Not kidding. Wow. Seems like you appreciate it, but damn, you should!! Way to go wench! 🙂 or are you the convict? or both?

  3. Wow, the beach looks gorgeous! So very envious! Interesting to read a little about Tasmanian history. I knew a bit about mainland Australia’s history as a penal colony (it’s crazy to think that happened now, especially in the context of the ‘crimes’ committed), but had no idea Tasmania was too.

    • Thanks 🙂 Risdon Cove was the second settlement in Australia with Sydney being the first. Tasmania’s has some of the oldest Australian Convict built structures in the country. But very harsh – there are some terrible stories of survival that happened.

  4. Such a beautiful spot, sand running so different, wet feet, coz I was shuffling lol. The crunch of the shells under your feet, trying to dodge the little crabs as they were running round frantically to avoid being squashed. Yes I will do this again, peacefulness off the waves and a beautiful summers morning. Good on you 3 for entering the 25km to 😄😄😄

    • Thanks Leanne 🙂 I am wondering about the whole 25km thing but I guess I’ll stubbornly push through to the finish! It was a lovely run on Sunday, so good of Cathy to suggest it. It’s so nice to go somewhere different 🙂

  5. Good luck to all three of ye;) as always have fun. History is a fascinating subject especially when its to do with a country and how it came to be. Really interesting insight into Tasmania Annie. Lol I thought Tasmania was named after the “Tasmania devil” terribly presumptuous of me…

  6. I just came across your blog today and wanted to let you know that it made me smile. You are very inspiring! Also, lovely photos – looks like an amazing place to run! 🙂

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