Officiating Journey

Officials truly are the beating heart of athletics and running and at the heart of all the action. England Athletics wants to inspire Officials by providing direct support through our track & field journey and our endurance journey. Both journeys benefit from structured qualifications, practical competition experiences and ongoing development opportunities throughout. Its never been simpler to get into Officiating with our four easy steps. Make a start by booking on to your course online today…

Step 1

To start your Officiating journey, you must complete a level 1 qualification, with the discipline of your choice, choosing from Field Judge, Track Judge, Timekeeper, Starter and Photo Finish. Only one discipline needs to be completed, plus an online Health & Safety course. Please see a list below of upcoming qualifications:

Saturday 28 September Derby AC Clubhouse, Allenton, Derbyshire Field Judge Book now
Saturday 28 September Derby AC Clubhouse, Allenton, Derbyshire Track Judge Book now
Saturday 28 September Derby AC Clubhouse, Allenton, Derbyshire Timekeeper Book now
Saturday 28 September Derby AC Clubhouse, Allenton, Derbyshire Starter/Starter’s Assistant Book now
Saturday 28 September Derby AC Clubhouse, Allenton, Derbyshire Photofinish Book now
Sunday 29 September Lewes Athletics Clubhouse, East Sussex Track Judge Book now
Sunday 29 September Lewes Athletics Clubhouse, East Sussex Field Judge Book now
Sunday 29 September Lewes Athletics Clubhouse, East Sussex Timekeeper Book now
Sunday 29 September Lewes Athletics Clubhouse, East Sussex Starter/Starter’s Assistant Book now
Sunday 29 September Lewes Athletics Clubhouse, East Sussex Endurance Book now
Sunday 29 September Lewes Athletics Clubhouse, East Sussex Risk Awareness Book now
Sunday 29 September Stick and Wicket Club, Walsall Risk Awareness Book now
Sunday 29 September Stick and Wicket Club, Walsall Endurance Book now
Saturday 5 October Exeter Harriers Clubhouse, Devon Field Judge Book now
Saturday 5 October Exeter Harriers Clubhouse, Devon Track Judge Book now
Saturday 5 October Exeter Harriers Clubhouse, Devon Timekeeper Book now
Saturday 12 October Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Field Book now
Saturday 12 October Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Track Book now
Saturday 12 October Lee Valley Athletics Stadium, London Field Book now
Saturday 12 October Lee Valley Athletics Stadium, London Photofinish Book now
Sunday 13 October Frenchfield Sports Centre, Penrith Endurance Book now
Sunday 3 November Medway Park, Gillingham, Kent Field Judge Book now
Sunday 3 November Medway Park, Gillingham, Kent Track Judge Book now
Sunday 3 November Medway Park, Gillingham, Kent Starter/Starter’s Assistant Book now
Sunday 3 November The Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth Field Judge Book now
Sunday 3 November The Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth Track Judge Book now
Sunday 3 November The Mountbatten Centre, PortsmouthKent Starter/Starter’s Assistant Book now
Sunday 3 November The Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth Timekeeper Book now
Friday 8 November Horspath Athletics track, Oxford Track Judge Book now
Friday 8 November Horspath Athletics track, Oxford Timekeeper Book now
Friday 8 November Horspath Athletics track, Oxford Starter/Starter’s Assistant Book now
Saturday 9 November Horspath Athletics track, Oxford Field Judge Book now
Sunday 17 November Yeovil Olympiads AC Clubhouse, Yeovil Field Judge Book now
Sunday 17 November Yeovil Olympiads AC Clubhouse, Yeovil Timekeeper Book now
Sunday 17 November Yeovil Olympiads AC Clubhouse, Yeovil Track Judge Book now
Sunday 17 November Yeovil Olympiads AC Clubhouse, Yeovil Starter/Starter’s Assistant Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Field Judge Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Track Judge Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Endurance Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Timekeeper Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Photofinish Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Starter/Starter’s Assistant Book now
Saturday 30 November Swindon Harriers Field Judge Book now
Saturday 30 November Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich Field Judge Book now
Saturday 30 November Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich Track Judge Book now
Saturday 30 November Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich Timekeeper Book now

To book on a course, click on the button below and use the search function to find your preferred level 1 qualification.

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Step 2

Before becoming a licensed Official, you must complete 4 practical competition experiences, where you will be able to meet and learn from qualified and knowledgeable Officials. To locate your nearest COfSec (County Officials’ Secretary) and competitions, please see lists below:

Step 3

To have a valid Officials’ licence, you need to have a current DBS check, which should be renewed every three years.

Step 4

The final stage to complete your qualification and become a licensed Official, you will need to complete and submit your application for accreditation. This includes details of your qualification, plus a record of each of your 4 practical competition experiences. Completed applications should be sent to officialsaccreditation@englandathletics.org.

Track & field

Individuals who wish to work in a track & field environment supporting competitions using an athletics track (such as 800m-10,000m track competitions, sprints and hurdles, jumps or throws) should take the track & field journey.

Endurance

Individuals who wish to work in a purely non-track based environment have a journey specifically designed for their needs. This journey is for those officials who work exclusively with athletes competing in road running, fell, cross country or multi terrain events.

Becoming a road running Race Director or Event Adjudicator

Race Directors’ Club

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

  • Support and Information such as the Race Directors’ Handbook, plus the fact sheets which support this
  • Licensing – Firstly, apply for a licence for your event. On successful application your event is automatically added to the event diary and the facility to open your race to online entry on the main site will become available.
  • You are also then entitled to access the runbritain Race Director Courses at accredited and intermediate level

England Athletics hold Gun to Tape workshops which aims to help distance running clubs, and new or existing event organisers putting on road or multi-terrain races. This introductory workshop provides clubs with both inspiration and information around setting up a new event or revitalizing an existing one. See ‘Development & opportunities’ for details.

Event Adjudicators

All UKA / runbritain licensed road races are scrutinised by an Event Adjudicator to ensure compliance with licence standards.

If you are interested in this role then please go to the runbritain website and login to the site and click on the green ‘event adjudicators’ tab underneath the welcome message. Here you will find details and a series of FAQs on the role.