Some of Calder Valley Fell Runners hit the hard tarmac at the local ‘Hot Toddy’ road race hosted by Todmorden Harriers on Tuesday 27th December. The off road club showed that they can certainly hold their own against some of the fast roadies with a fine results from Alex Whittem placing a fine 5th. The run of the day came from Calder’s young stalwart Max Wharton who pushed Whittem all the way. He lost ground to his older team mate as the pace and effort of the race caused him to slow up with some slight stomach discomfort and this allowed Whittem to beat him by 6 seconds to take 5th place. Steve Smithies continues to show improvement and certainly won’t have put on any pounds over the Christmas period with his impressive racing record with racing 3 times in 7 days. Sally Newman running in her road club colours also ran well to take the 1st lady vet 50s prize. It was a fine performance by Jo Waites at the Boxing Day Otley Chevin Trail race to take second lady and first lady vet 40 only 18 seconds behind Rachael Bamford of the host club Otley. This race was won by Triathlon star Jonnie Brownlee but it nearly had an upsetting end as one of the marshals was too busy taking Brownlee’s photo and forgot to stop a passing car as Brownlee crossed the road. Thanks goodness the car did miss the Olympic hopeful.