Race Walking Official

Race walkers with official

Who can attend the course?

Anyone over the age of 16 who has an interest in learning more about race walking events and how to judge race-walking races can attend this three hour course (can be split across multiple days).

What will I learn?

  • Understand the difference between walking and running
  • Know the rules of race walking
  • Know what the judges’ paddles mean
  • Begin to gain confidence in picking out infringements
  • Understand the procedures for issuing cautions and red cards and recording these
  • Understand the purpose and importance of the posting board and when/how the chief judge will disqualify a competitor
  • Understand what makes a good Race Walking Judge

Next steps

Don’t worry if you cannot recall all the details including course code, name of field referee, as England Athletics can support you with this.

Progressing to Levels 2 and 3

Further Information can be found in the Track and Field pathway information and by contacting your Local County Officials' Secretary (COfSec) who can identify meetings to gain experience, source a mentor and offer support to individuals who wish to progress to Level 2. For individuals who wish to progress to Level 3, please contact your Tri-Region Upgrading Secretary using the contact details.

Regional Officials’ Associations can also provide additional training, resources, mentoring and support for accessing equipment for officials’ development. Further information can be found by using the following contact links:

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Book your place on the Race Walking course.