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UK Challenge Athlete of the month

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The UK Challenge Athlete of the Month for July is Emma Carpenter. The 24-year-old Exeter discus thrower (who also competes for Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) had a busy month and managed to fit in 5 competitions in the UK Challenge.


She started with a modest 49.89 effort (154 points) to win the UK Women's League at Birmingham on July 1. She then improved to 54.28 (176) in the Norwich Union European Trials at Manchester where she was third, 54.31 (177) for second in the LEAP meeting at Loughborough, and then her best of the season a fine 56.37 (187) in the Throwsfest at Birmingham on July 30, even though she only ended up fourth in a top class competition. The following day she managed a 52.15 at Eton to win the Golden Jubilee Cup.


The 56.37m was probably the crucial throw as that two metre improvement in her season's best gave her 10 extra points at Birmingham, and Carpenter only won the Athlete of the Month by just 8 points from 400m hurdler Matt Douglas with her total of 860 points.


Her score beats the 820 tally by June winner Shirley Webb (Trafford) and 375 by May winner Will Sharman (Belgrave).

Douglas had four competitions during the month, with a best score of 223 for his 50.09 400mh in the Norwich Union European Trials and is second on 852 points, while UK Throwsfest Hammer winner Zoe Derham (Birchfield) is third on 792.


Another throwsfest winner, Emeka Udechuku (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies), who was second last month to Webb with his shot put, is fourth with a 789 score in the discus. He leads both shot and discus in the overall standings.


The UK Challenge series provides British athletes close to or just below that of international standard and aspiring athletes, with top-class competition throughout the summer and throughout the UK.


Altogether there are 48 events throughout the season to score points in culminating in a final for the top scoring eight athletes in each event at Manchester on the 27 August.