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This team is confirming its location, before venturing off-road and into the dense thickets.

This team is confirming its location, before venturing off-road and into the dense thickets.

Some teams preferred to return to roads, and stay on them as long as possible, even if it meant travelling a greater distance.

Some teams preferred to return to roads, and stay on them as long as possible, even if it meant travelling a greater distance.

A team runs toward the finish.

A team runs toward the finish.

Strategy is important: some teams chose to take the shortest route between flags, travelling cross-country.

Strategy is important: some teams chose to take the shortest route between flags, travelling cross-country.

It was important to use the rare break in the vegetation to check your navigation using terrain features.

It was important to use the rare break in the vegetation to check your navigation using terrain features.

Eventually, every team must leave the roads and venture cross-country.

Eventually, every team must leave the roads and venture cross-country.

The terrain was varied, and difficult, but the lakes - of which there were many - were my favourite spots.

The terrain was varied, and difficult, but the lakes - of which there were many - were my favourite spots.

Travelling cross-country near the lakes was sometimes easier as well.

Travelling cross-country near the lakes was sometimes easier as well.

When both teams are walking, it is sometimes difficult to remember that it is a race.

When both teams are walking, it is sometimes difficult to remember that it is a race.

For safety purposes, there are several camps on the edges of the course area, where passing teams are monitored.

For safety purposes, there are several camps on the edges of the course area, where passing teams are monitored.

Traversing this rugged countryside required a certain amount of physical stamina.

Traversing this rugged countryside required a certain amount of physical stamina.

While travelling on the road appeared easy, once off the road, it became an entirely different proposition.

While travelling on the road appeared easy, once off the road, it became an entirely different proposition.

For the best teams, their gait was a measured, steady trot whenever they found themselves on a road.

For the best teams, their gait was a measured, steady trot whenever they found themselves on a road.

Navigation and running, the two essential components in the Eco-Endurance Challenge.

Navigation and running, the two essential components in the Eco-Endurance Challenge.

And the 24-hr event has started! The throngs depart.

And the 24-hr event has started! The throngs depart.

Checking the map regularly, especially at important places like road junctions, is critical in a navigation race.

Checking the map regularly, especially at important places like road junctions, is critical in a navigation race.