The Wilkinson Cup Trophy Race, run for over 40 years, has been cancelled after a contractor withdrew support for the event.
The race, organised by the Wellsford Road Runners, is a 10km run in Kaipara Flats, which was originally set for July 18 this year.
The event requires some roads to be partially closed.
Previously Downers provided three trucks, equipment and personnel to do this.
Downers were unable to comment on why they had withdrawn their support this year but Wellsford Road Runners Committee member Caroline Marsh is thankful for Downers’ support at past events.
Wellsford Road Runners also cancelled the Hoteo North Cross-Country race this year, set for June 5.
Caroline says it clashed with too many other school athletics events.
Next year, Wellsford Road Runners are looking at combining the two events into one off-road run in May to avoid the need for traffic management.