County Officials’ Secretaries (Endurance)

Your County Officials’ Secretary (COfSec) is a vital link between you as an official “on the ground” and meeting organisers, UKA and England Athletics. Your County Officials’ Secretary can help support you with finding events to attend in your area to gain your experience, provide guidance and advice around upgrading, and also help to identify and arrange training courses that are required for clubs and counties.

Building a good relationship with your County Officials’ Secretary (COfSec) is very beneficial for you as an official. It also, in turn, helps event and meeting organisers in having the right officials at their event.

Tri-Regional Groups

In England the Tri Regional Groups also have a role in coordinating the needs of officials.

The three Tri-Regional groupings are the Northern group (North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside), the Southern Group (East, London and South East) and the Midlands and South Western Group (East Midlands, West Midlands and South West).

Records of Experience for certain levels and disciplines are also returned to the relevant person at the Tri Regional Group and they have a role in supporting the progression of officials.

Record of Experience (Endurance)

Completing your Record of Experience is an important way of evidencing your officiating skills. Returning the form to the relevant person helps with ensuring that your experiences are noted, that you can be matched to relevant future officiating roles and identified for suitable development and progression.

As part of the normal reporting of your officiating duties your completed Official’s Record of Experience form (also known previously as the Duty Sheet or The Official’s Worksheet) is due on 21 August (for Endurance, 30 September for Track & Field) each year.

You can complete the form throughout the year.

Please note this form is also used as part of the process for progressing to higher levels of officiating – the process for that is given in our Officiating Qualifications section.

You can complete a blank Excel spreadsheet template offline, then email or print and post, or use the online version on the myAthletics portal (Trinity)

The form can be used to record officiating at competition (C), attendance at meetings (M), attendance at training in which you were the learner (L) and training for which you were the tutor (T). Both Track and Field and Endurance experiences can be recorded and separate Records of Experience can be downloaded for both Track and Field and Endurance.

Assistant Official and Level 1

Please return your completed application for accreditation form which includes details on page 2 of the officiating experiences you’ve had to your County Officials’ Secretary.

Level 2

Please return your completed application for accreditation form which includes details on page 2 of the officiating experiences you’ve had to your County Officials’ Secretary.

Level 3

Please return your completed Record of Experience form to your (T&F or Endurance) County Officials’ Secretary.

  • Officials in the North (North East, North West, Yorkshire & Humberside) 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.

Levels 4 and 5

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.

Road race organiser development

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.

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

Road Traffic Management

This course is for anyone considering undertaking the role of Traffic Management Operative (TMO) and to understand how to deal with road closures and diversions.  You must be trained to do this to be covered by insurance and to satisfy local authorities that events will be managed properly. This course is suitable for all Event Organisers, Event Marshals and other interested Technical Officials both in the  commercial and voluntary sectors, and particularly for those involved with road races.  This is a one day course that will equip delegates with sufficient information and knowledge to safely direct traffic movements at Events.

Cost: £70 (subsidised cost for applicants who are affiliated to England Athletics) or £140 (non-affiliated cost)

Length: 1 day course (normal times 9am – 4.30pm unless stated otherwise)

Qualification gained:This is a national award through the NCFE (www.ncfe.org.uk) and each delegate will receive a certificate on completion of the course.

In addition, UK Athletics insurers have underwritten the training.

The Chapter 8 Traffic Management course does not deal with the application process of a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) and what is expected from the applicant. This aspect of race organising is dealt with by Race Director courses delivered by runbritain.