Mark Drummond from Hom Green, Ross-on-Wye competed in his first ever Highland Games last weekend. He turned 30 last April, and ever since he has been hell bent on pushing his physical boundaries.
Last year Mark made it to the base camp of Mont Blanc – unfortunately the weather closed in on him and he was unable to make it further. He is aiming to take part in the Marathon du Salbles (seven marathons in seven days across the Desert) in 2020.
Mark has a Scottish connection, and even a Drummond clan tartan – his Grandfather came from Raecruick Farm, Auchtermuchty, just outside Fife, in 1956 to take on a farm tenancy in Ross-on-Wye.
Having trained for the last seven months Mark, and Jack Evans who has been supporting his training, set off to North Berwick to take part in the Heavy Weight category.
There was a competitive field – Sebastian Wenta was one of the competitors, a professional strong man, who came second in the 2007 world’s strongest man competition.
The seven events included shotting of the 16lb put, throwing the 28lb weight for distance, throwing the 16lb Scots hammer and tossing the caber – for health and safety reasons first time entrants are not allowed to toss the caber. Mark was delighted with his performance, he told the Ross Gazette: "I was really pleased to have competed – a challenge I had been looking forward to for quite some time! I found it really tough but fulfilling. The crowd and atmosphere were electric, as you can imagine, and the competition was tough. It was so good to be involved in such a historic event – I hope to go back next year as I’ll get to toss the caber."