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Watch Moray's Commonwealth Games medal hopeful and hard-working scaffolder Mark Dry 'on the tools' as he tries to juggle a hectic working life with his international athletics career


By Craig Christie

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Proud to be a tradesman, and proud to be representing Scotland for a fourth Commonwealth Games.

Double Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mark Dry...Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Double Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mark Dry...Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

That's Moray athletics star Mark Dry, who will bid for a third Commonwealth medal when he takes to the hammer circle at Birmingham's Alexander on Saturday, August 6.

Brought up in Burghead, Dry is now based in Loughborough and has to work hard for a living and pay his own way in athletics, without any funding from the sport's governing body.

His work as a scaffolder was captured on video in an 'On the Tools' Facebook post, where he was interviewed ahead of his Scotland selection for this summer's sporting extravaganza.

Last month, after learning he had made the Scotland team, Dry admitted he was exhausted from working long shifts so he could make a living and also take time out for his Commonwealth Games preparation.

"I’ve just smashed out this week to get a chunk of money back in so hopefully I can do as little as possible between now and the Games," he admitted.

"My body needed a bit of a rest after chasing to make the team and hanging in for the British Champs.

"I’m exhausted. I did a 20-21 hour shift on Saturday from here to London to set up two shows, then from London to Cardiff for a show at 11pm. We got finished at 2 in the morning and drove back at 7am on Sunday.

"I’ve been on the tools all well….London, Birmingham, Cardiff, all over the place."

Dry won bronze at his previous two Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and Gold Coast in Australia four years ago.


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