Max Wharton was the star performer for Calder Valley in last Saturday’s Rivington Pike race in Horwich, winning the under 18s section and finishing 10th overall in a field of 241. Several of Calder’s top runners sat out the event but Valley still finished second among some teams from top clubs with Max’s dad Mark among their counters. Mark was 55th, behind Stephen Smithies (34th) and Robert Paradise (38th) as Valley found only the host club too strong. Rivington Pike provides a short but relentless climb and has been used for an annual fell race since the 1800s. The event had been in doubt due to snow but the weather on the day seemed to finally herald the start of spring. Max Wharton was well placed amongst the senior leaders from the start and comfortably ahead among his age group. His competitive instinct didn’t allow him to ease off on the descent and having got himself into sixth overall, he fell on one of the remaining snowy parts and dropped some places overall. Wharton junior finished 90 seconds behind winner Tom Cornthwaite from Northumberland Fell Runners. Other Valley finishers were Blair Garrett and Jeremy Wilkinson in 215th and 216th while Halifax Harrier under 20s runner Joe Crossfield was an excellent 12th.