Greymouth – 150 years in the town with a Heart of Gold


The celebrations continue in Greymouth, celebrating 150 years.  The latest celebration was also in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness – the inaugural Mackay Street Mile.

mackay street mile men in heels entrants greymouth

Held in the main street of “downtown” (big word for a little town) Greymouth in conjunction with a buskers festival and stalls to help draw the crowd.

greymouth mackay street mile kids race

kids race mackay street mile greymouth

First up the children’s race.  Lot of heart in this race and some of our future marathon runners in the making I think.

warm up men in heels mackay street mile greymouth

Next up the “men in heels” race.  Not the mile race like the others, a shortened version – we didn’t want anyone breaking their necks!  Some dodgy looking characters turned up for this event…….. but heaps of fun and hilarity.

men in heels mackay street mile greymouth

The warm up was almost funnier than the actual race.

men in heels race mackay street mile greymouth

mackay street mile men in heels race greymouth

mackay street mile race men in heels greymouth

Soon they were off though – without too much argie-bargie – but they sure were taking it serious.  Quite the honor to be crowned the inaugural men in heels winner!

mackay street mile 150 year celebration greymouth

mackay street mile greymouth

Finally the main event – the actual Mackay Street Mile and again some serious competitors in this race.

main race mackay street mile greymouth 150 year celebrations

They were off – racing past the spectators and by the second lap it looked to be a race between three main contenders.

mackay street mile race greymouth

The eventual winner came up from behind though with a last dash for the line – well more like last 50 metre dash and won easily.  Well done to all the competitors and organisers for this fantastic event.  Hoping it will become an annual event as it can only get bigger and better.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about, supporting local events and sharing this lovely region they get to call home.  Named by Lonely Planets Best in Travel as one of the best regions in the world to visit – come see why.

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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8 Responses to Greymouth – 150 years in the town with a Heart of Gold

  1. I’d break my neck in ten feet if I tried to run in high heals.

    • coastingnz says:

      That is why the practice was so funny I think – but man, they all took it so seriously. Putting the challenge out for next year for friends of ours who mountain bike and it is for a good cause too.

  2. bulldog says:

    This looked like a lot of fun… who won out of you and Stephen ?? I’m afraid after 50 metres the ambulance would be called to pick me up….

  3. joshi daniel says:

    the pictures capture the mood so well 🙂

  4. suzjones says:

    I saw this festival on one of the Getaway type shows over here. Looks like a lot of fun.

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