Endurance pathway

Endurance officials Bob and Anne Brimage

Levels 1 to 3 became the responsibility of the Home Countries on 1 October 2023.

Endurance officials pathway in England


  1. ‘What did I learn’ section optional.
  2. Level 3 report (by a Level 4 Official or a Level 3 Official with 2+ years experience)
  3. Level 4 report (by a Level 4 Official with 2+ years experience)
  4. Must include the following duties: (1) Referee/Assistant Referee, (2) Start Area Coordinator/Start Director, (3) Finish Area Coordinator/Finish Director, (4) Clerk of Course/Course Director.


In April 2024, we held a webinar on the pathway. This covered:

  • Engagement with Officials’ community across the Home Countries
  • Level 1, 2 and 3 pathways – Track/Field and Endurance
  • Discipline Feedback Sheet

Watch recording (youtube) | Download FAQ (PDF 80kB)

Steps on the pathway

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

Endurance pathway: Level 1




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 since Level 1 (a minimum of two should be from county/area level meetings)
  • Complete Record of Experience (what did I learn section is optional)


Note: if you haven’t heard back from us within 3 weeks, please contact on above email address.

Endurance pathway: Level 3


  • Complete all steps at Level 2.


  • A minimum of 10 additional meetings – including two at area/regional level, since gaining your Level 2 qualification.
  • Complete Record of Experience showing evidence and self reflection, by logging into myAthletics Portal and locating Record of Experience.
  • One positive report by a Level 4 official or a Level 3 official with 2+ years’ experience) covering one of the following managerial roles:
    – Referee / Assistant Referee
    – Start Coordinator / Start Referee
    – Finish Area Coordinator / Finish Director
    – Clerk of Course / Course Director.



All documents can be found on My Athletics Portal > Useful Documents > Officials

Note: if you haven’t heard back from us within 3 weeks, contact  officialsaccreditation@englandathletics.org.

Endurance pathway: Level 4


  • Complete all steps at Level 3
  • Register and attend the Level 4 Endurance 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:
    • One report as Referee or Assistant Referee
    • One report as Start Area Coordinator / Start Director
    • One report as Finish Area Coordinator / Finish Director
    • One report as 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.


Roles and Responsibilities of Level 1-3 officials

Level 1 Endurance

Unable to act as referee at any licenced event

Level 2 Endurance

Can act as race referee for local/club road races up to 600 runners and 300 runners for all cross country races.

Roles for Level 2 Endurance include:

  • Management of a Sector or Management of a Group of Marshals.
  • Marshalling at ‘complex’ junctions and/or loops or changeovers in relays.
  • Managing course set up and marking / signing (in smaller sized races of 1,000 competitors or less).
  • Managing on course drinks or sponge stations.
  • Managing Post Race/Post Finish Services or equivalent role.
  • Start Area Management / Start Director or equivalent role.
  • Race day registration.*
  • Lap Recording, Finish Recording, Manual Timekeeping at Off Track events and Line Judging/judging a finish.
  • Timekeeper Recording.*
  • Finish Area or Finish Funnel Management.
  • Clerk of the Course duties and responsibilities.
  • Course Director.
  • Race Refereeing or Assistant to Race Referee including management of Protests and Disputes.
  • Event Adjudicator.*

Note: * means can only be undertaken once for experiences being used towards any Level 2 application

Level 3 Endurance

Roles for Level 2 Endurance include:

  • Race day registration
  • Management of a sector or management of a group of marshals
  • Marshalling ‘complex’ junctions and/or loops or change overs in relays
  • Managing course set up and marking/signing (in smaller sized races of 1,000 competitors or less)
  • Managing post-race / post-finish services or equivalent role
  • Start/Finish Area Management / Start Director or equivalent role
  • Managing on course drinks or sponge stations
  • Lap recording
  • Finish recording
  • Finish Funnel Management
  • Manual timekeeping at endurance events
  • Timekeeper recording
  • Clerk of course duties and responsibilities
  • Course Director
  • Race Refereeing or Assistant to Race Referee
  • Line Judging / judging a finish

County Officials’ Secretaries

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 officiating 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/Tri-Region in supporting your development and progression as an athletics official.

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 and Level 2

Level 1 and 2 Officials’ Record of Experience forms are to be sent to their County Officials’ Secretary by 31 August each year.

Level 3 and Level 4

Level 3 and 4 Officials’ Record of Experience forms are to be sent to their Tri-Regional Secretary and the following individuals by 31 August each year.

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 becoming an Event Adjudicator is available on the RunEvents (formerly runbritain) website.

RunEvents has been created to help race organisers to deliver better events. After registering and logging in you can access a range of resources.

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 RunEvents 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:

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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