Our flagship runs are 40 mins long (20 mins out, 20 mins back), leaving Room for a Pony in North Hobart every Thursday evening. Our aim is to provide a safe and enjoyable space for our members to exercise, make friends and enjoy a drink. We place a strong emphasis on the social aspect and all of our runs are followed by drinks, food, prizes (generously donated by our venue and community supporters) and the opportunity to have a chat.
To make running fun and inclusive.
The Club started out as a small group based out of our ongoing and continued venue supporter, Room for a Pony in North Hobart. The participants of the first run were predominantly from the healthcare setting, who collectively shared a passion for running, socialising and enjoying a drink together.
As the weeks passed, word spread about our club around the close-knit city of Hobart. With this came more numbers to runs, different routes and an increased awareness of just how important this weekly run is to people's physical, mental and social health. A true sense of community was being created and the need for sensible expansion was warranted. In the winter of 2021, the concept “sweepers’ was born. This is the core group of 10 Knockoffs members who showed consistent and sustained interest in the club. Each week, two sweepers are designated to run at the back of the group, creating and harbouring an inclusive environment for any new or existing members. This was a key inflexion point in the club's continued support of the community and members we serve.
A bona fide go-getter, Amy has had a crack at most fun runs around the state in her short time in Tassie. Her can-do attitude rubs off on you, as does her gorgeous purebred border collie, Angus, who’s always in tow. If you ever ask her whether you can get a “hell yeah!”, it’s guaranteed you’ll get more than you bargained for.
Tall, bald and bearded, Aleem is hard to miss in amongst the sea of Knockoffs members on a Thursday night. Having relocated from The Motherland in 2021, this British import is known for his elite banter and obscure knowledge on rental cars. A St Kilda tragic, he also organises group park runs on Saturday mornings for those interested.
One of the more recent additions to the sweepers, El has been welcomed into the fold with open arms. While she recently may have spent more time on the sidelines with injury, when fit and firing she is a force to be reckoned with. She also loves an early morning ride, to the extent she tried to patent the name ‘Knockons Ride Club’.
The architect behind Knockoffs, Andy loves nothing more than a beer with mates, getting to know people and of course, running. When he’s not treating patients in his job as a trauma nurse, you’ll find Andy outside exploring Mother Nature, immersing himself in what Hobart has to offer or working on the next big thing for Knockoffs.
A co-founder of Knockoffs, Pete has been instrumental in acquiring new members to the Club since it formed in October2020. While he is the elder statesman of the group, this doesn’t stop “Pistol”from more often than not being the life of the party. He enjoys a round of golf and a trundle on his road bike in his downtime.
One of the OG's of Knockoffs, Heather has seen the group grow from humble beginnings to become the best Run Club in Tassie. It wouldn’t be a Thursday night without seeing her get yanked along by her adorable chocolate lab, Alfie aka beast sled hound. Approach with caution at events, Heath is known to get white-girl wasted.
Only new to running, Renee has taken to the sport like a duck to water and you’re almost guaranteed to see her face on aThursday night as one of the most consistent members. It’s hard not to enjoy yourself around Renee and her infectious smile, but just be careful of her four-legged piranha friend. More on him in a minute.
As placid as they come, Joe pounds the pavement with similar nonchalant ease. A painter by trade, it’s standard to see remnants of his work covering his hands as he tips another schooie in post-run. His wifeRenee and him own a Boston Terrier, Kenny aka four-legged piranha, who has an insatiable appetite for French fries. You’ve been warned.
A late-comer to Knockoffs, Jordan hasn’t looked back since, even if it took him longer than a John Farnham farewell tour to give it a go. With similar features to his namesake, don’t be surprised to see the “Cassowary” trying to keep up with the frontrunners. Other hobbies include drinking beer, playing tennis and bush walking in the Tassie wilderness.
The only serious athlete amongst us, Eloise brings a certain professionalism and respectability to the sweepers. Her accolades include a 3hr15min marathon in her first attempt and being the fastest female to cross the line in the gruelling 64km Bruny Island Ultra Marathon. Follow Elouise on Strava to see her daily uploads, she’s a machine!
There’s no smoke or mirrors here, Dylan is happy to tell you the real reason why he first joined the Club and it wasn’t to exercise. He loves a beverage, a chat and his beloved Geelong Cats. Dylan recently relocated to Melbourne for work and plans to start the Victorian chapter of Knockoffs. If you’re ever over in the big smoke, give him a hoy.
Don’t be fooled by his charm or good looks, James is a menace once the running part is out of the way. His catchcry “just one more” can be heard reverberating around North Hobart watering holes. James leads up our community outreach and member wellness team - say g'day at the next Knockoffs event.