More the merrier . . . The number of riders is no longer restricted for the Five Forks Foothills Trail Ride taking place this weekend. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

And another one bites the dust.

The Five Forks Foothills Trail Ride, planned to take place this weekend, has been called off due to Covid-19 cases in the community.

Organising committee spokeswoman Jane Smith said it was a hard to call to make.

But it was hoped the event could still be held, and a tentative date in April was being looked at.

‘‘A key thing for us was to be responsible, but also to protect the brands of our school, our community and our sponsors as well, and to make sure we were doing the most responsible thing,’’ Mrs Smith said.

The Five Forks School fundraiser was run last year, under Level 2 restrictions, and it was initially thought a similar approach could be used, under the Red traffic light system, keeping riders in bubbles of 100.

‘‘There was a small chance we could have gone and still held a very safe event, but we again thought it was prudent just to push it out that five weeks, and just see what that brings in early April.

‘‘It’s just such a changing landscape.’’

A lot of work had gone into preparing for the event, which meant it was ready to go, should the decision be made that it was safe to do so.

It was mostly just a matter of marking the more than 45km of track out, the week prior, she said.

‘‘We still believe we’ve got the capacity at that stage, depending on what Covid does between now and then, to run the event.’’

The committee felt ‘‘a weight of responsibility’’ to make sure it made the right call, and was now just keeping an eye on the situation.

‘‘We’ve got really great support from our landowners, and our sponsors and our school community, and we’ll just make that call in conjunction with all those parties nearer the time.’’

People were advised to keep an eye on the Five Forks Foothills Trail Ride Facebook page for updates.