AVOID THEM Accidental trips, slips and falls are hard to avoid when running off road, making it almost impossible to escape occasional minor cuts and scrapes. Keep your eyes peeled for tree roots, loose rocks and other hazards, and work on your balance and proprioception to avoid falls. Brambles and other sharp foliage can also snag the unwary runner, so consider wearing long sleeves or leg cover to protect your skin if you will be running in particularly overgrown areas. TREAT THEM Make sure that you are carrying the equipment to treat minor wounds in your first aid kit, including sterile wipes, a wound dressing and tape or a bandage. Clean the wound and then cover it. Check carefully that nothing is left in the wound such as thorns or shards of stone as this greatly increases the risk of infection. In an emergency a ruff comes in handy to secure a dressing or maintain pressure on a wound until you can reach help.