Endurance pathway

Athletes competing at the U23 and U20 Championships in Bedford

Select an option below to view more information about each pathway step.

Endurance pathway: Level 1



  • Officiate at a minimum of four endurance athletics meetings
  • Complete a DBS check


Endurance pathway: Level 2


  • Complete all steps at Level 1
  • Complete three Level 2 modules (judging and recording, race referee, sector marshal) and questions found at MyAthletics Portal > Useful Documents > Officials. If you have any difficulty in locating these, please contact mritchie@englandathletics.org

To referee a race, candidates are required to complete the Race Referee module.


  • Officiate at a minimum of six additional meetings (a minimum of three should be from county/regional level meetings or championships)
  • Show evidence of self-reflection within Record of Experience


  • Submit Level 2 Endurance Application form, completed module questions, Record of Experience to your Level 1 Course Tutor. All documents can be found on My Athletics Portal > Useful Documents > Official
  • If your Level 1 Course Tutor is unknown, please submit the above documents to  officialsaccreditation@englandathletics.org who will send this on your behalf.
Endurance pathway: Level 3


  • Complete all steps at Level 2
  • Complete the two remaining modules and the questions found at MyAthletics Portal > Useful Documents > Officials.
    If you have any difficulty in locating these, please contact mritchie@englandathletics.org


  • Officiate at a minimum of 10 additional meetings (six experiences officiating outside of the official’s home county and four experiences outside of the officials home region). A minimum of three experiences should be from county/regional level meetings or championships
  • Show evidence of self-reflection within your Record of Experience
  • Obtain one positive report (reporting Official must be Level 4 or above). Contact your Tri-Regional Endurance representative to arrange this (see below).


  • Level 3 Endurance Application form, positive report, Record of Experience form, and completed module questions, to your Tri-Regional Endurance representative.

Tri-Regional Endurance representatives

Endurance pathway: Level 4
  • Attend

    • Complete all steps at Level 3
    • Register and attend the Level 4 course. This is facilitated by UKA
    • Complete Level 4 questions and submit to your Tri-Regional Upgrading Secretary


    • Officiate at a minimum of 20 additional meetings (at least 12 experiences in senior positions, at events outside of their home region or home country, at championship races including road/cross country relays, or road races with over 10,000 competitors. The 20 experiences must include both road races and cross country)
    • Show evidence of mentoring and self-reflection within your Record of Experience
    • Obtain a minimum of four positive reports (reporting official must be Level 4 or above) covering each of the below duties. Contact your Tri-Regional Upgrading Secretary to arrange these:
      1. Referee or Assistant Referee
      2. Start Area Coordinator / Start Director
      3. Finish Area Coordinator / Finish Director
      4. Clerk of Course / Course Director.
    • This number can include the report that was submitted for accreditation to Level 3, provided that it is less than three years old at the time the application for accreditation is made.


County Officials’ Secretaries (Track & Field)

Your County Officials’ Secretary (COfSec) are a vital link between Officials in their county, meeting organisers and England Athletics. CofSecs provide invaluable support and guidance and form a very important relationship with officials from within their county. This includes:

  • Finding events to attend to gain experience
  • Advising and supporting Officials in their development including upgrading processes
  • Identifying/allocating experienced mentors to support new Officials’ development
  • Identify and arrange training courses that are required for clubs and counties
  • Encouraging and supporting individuals attending Assistant/Level 1 Officials courses to complete the process of attaining their Officials qualification
  • Maintain contact with local clubs in encouraging the recruitment and development of club members interested in becoming a Technical Official

Tri-Regional Groups

Tri-Regional Groups form a link between Officials within the multiple counties and the respective tri-regions (Northern Group, Midlands/South West Group and the Southern Group). They have an important role in coordinating and supporting the Officials at or working towards Levels 3 and 4 across all disciplines across England. For any Officials aspiring to become a level 3 or 4 official, these are the groups that will provide the support in attaining these qualifications.

Record of Experience (Endurance)

Completing your record of experience form is an excellent way to evidence the experience, skills and knowledge gained at the events you have attended and can assist the CofSec/Mentor/Tri-Region in supporting your development and progression as an athletics Official. The form can be used to record officiating at a competition, attendance at meetings or providing training as a tutor for both track/field and endurance experiences/events.

Your Record of Experience can be found via myAthleticsPortal > Record of Experience. For queries please contact Marc Ritchie, Technical Officials Development Manager at England Athletics: mritchie@englandathletics.org

Level 1

Level 1 Officials’ Record of Experience forms are to be sent to their County Officials’ Secretary by 31 August each year.

Level 2

Level 2 Officials’ Record of Experience forms are to be sent to their County Officials’ Secretary by 31 August each year.

Level 3

Level 3 Officials’ Record of Experience forms are to be sent to their Tri-Regional Secretary and the following individuals by 31 August each year

  • Officials in the North (North East, North West, Yorkshire & Humberside), Midlands and South-West (East Midlands, West Midlands and South-West) should also return their form to Arwel Williams: ArwelWilliams@aol.com
  • Officials in the South (East, London, South East) should also return their form to Nick Folwell: nicholas.folwell@btinternet.com

Level 4

Please return your completed Record of Experience to:

Use of Record of Experience form for qualifications

For Level 2 and up, the Record of Experience Form will also be needed to be used to show what you have done as part of your application to progress to a higher level. This is the same form as the one you complete each year as an official. However, when this form is being used for the purpose of applying to progress to a higher level you need to give details of experiences that are relevant to the qualification you are seeking and to also send the form to the relevant person for the accreditation process. See the Officiating Qualifications section for more details.

Event Organisers of Road and Multi-Terrain Races

Information on the runbritain Race Directors’ Club and becoming an Event Adjudicator are available on the runbritain website.

The runbritain Race Directors’ Club has been created to help race organisers to deliver better events. After registering and logging in you can access a range of resources

As part of the event licensing process you also are then entitled to access the runbritain Race Director Courses at accredited and intermediate level.

Race Directors’ course

This is a one day course for which a certificate of attendance is given and lunch and teas/coffees are provided. The capacity for the course is 30 and bookings are taken on a first come first served basis.

Gun to Tape

Gun to Tape is an introductory workshop which aims to help distance running clubs, and new or existing event organisers putting on road or multi-terrain races. This introductory workshop aims to provide clubs with both inspiration and information around setting up a new event or revitalizing an existing one.

The workshop provides attendees with an introduction to a range of considerations when putting on an event and provides opportunity to share best practise and learn from the experiences of other clubs and volunteers.

  • Understanding the running market
  • Inclusive events
  • Marketing and promotion
  • How to get started and planning
  • Volunteers and officials,
  • Risk assessment and safety

Please note that in addition to this introductory workshop the runbritain Race Director courses offer more in-depth training at accredited and intermediate level.

If you are interested in attending a Gun to Tape workshop or would like to request a workshop for your area please contact us at roadrunning@englandathletics.org

Traffic Management

Traffic Management is an important aspect of race management and the procedure for acquiring permissions for races to take place on highways and the closure of roads will vary across local authorities. Further guidance on this can be found at:

  • The Race Director Handbook can be accessed from the Race Directors’ Club after registering at runbritain.com

Whilst not an essential requirement of race licensing, some local authorities may request that event organisers and volunteers have completed a Traffic Management course.  Regardless of whether or not this is an essential requirement, a Traffic Management course will help ensure that your volunteers are familiar with the safety and legal requirements of managing traffic for your event. Traffic Management courses are also a good way of ensuring your volunteers feel confident in their abilities to carry out their role as well as ensuring your event meets the highest standards possible.

Clubs looking to send volunteers on Traffic Management courses may want to consider either of the following options. Both are one day courses, tailored towards volunteers running community events on the highways. Costs may vary across event providers. Please contact the respective training providers for further information. In addition to these courses, England Athletics offers a Traffic Management Refresher Course. Learn more on Athletics Hub.

TESS Group: Chapter 8 Course (8 hours / 1 day course). Awarding Body: NCFE

This course is for anyone working at an event, street, or a sports ground as it will provide a national qualification but without taking weeks to complete. Include a Chapter 8 Card to prove you have gone through and passed the training.

LANTRA: Traffic Management for Community Events (1 day course). Awarding Body: Lantra

This training is aimed at event organisers or individuals that have responsibility for Traffic Management of organised events working in conjunction with local Highway Authority, the Police and other authorities and persons as appropriate. You will be issued with a skill identity card and certificate valid for 5 years.

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