It’s hot this afternoon. Windy and hot.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂