MULTIPLE stand-out individual performances have dominated the sports pages of this week’s Hexham Courant. The stars of the week are as follows.

Less than two years after she took up running, Matfen’s Jeannie Brady excelled at the Hull Half Marathon, and in doing so secured her place in the England team which will compete at the British Masters, in September.

Hexham golfer Matty Lamb came within a whisker of winning one of the world’s biggest amateur tournaments, the St Andrews Links Trophy.

The 21-year-old set a new record for his opening two rounds, outstanding scores of 64 and 63. He went on to finish one stroke behind the eventual winner, Jake Burnage, of Saunton in Devon.

Two junior golfers from the district, Zara Naughton, of Ponteland Middle School, and Lois Blythe, of Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School, led Northumberland to victory at the English Schools Girls’ Championship, alongside Cramlington’s Rachel Gourley.

Teenage martial arts star Callum Beeckmans, of Prudhoe, successfully defended his national Machine MMA title with a first round victory over Sheffield’s Jason Webster.    

Haydon Bridge High School pupil Ethan Hill’s long jump of 6.14m in the Northumberland Schools Track and Field Championships, at Hexham’s Wentworth Leisure Centre, was a significant one.

For he set a new school record, replacing the previous record of 5.58m, set some 20 years previously by Adam McDonald back in 1999.  

Cricketer Ben Cuthbertson took a superb six-wicket haul (6-9) in Tynedale’s victory over Annfield Plain in the Tyneside Charity Bowl.

And rugby player Tom Marshall, who played for Tynedale RFC last season, was named in the Scotland squad for all three of their games at the U20 World Championship, playing in two of the three fixtures, against South Africa and Georgia.