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…
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 Photofinish. Only one discipline needs to be completed, plus an online Health & Safety course which you should book onto first (before your discipline module).
Please see a list below of upcoming qualifications:
|Saturday 18 January||City of York AC, Heslington, York||Track Judge||Book now|
|Saturday 1 February||Birmingham Alexander Stadium||Field Judge||Book now|
|Saturday 1 February||Birmingham Alexander Stadium||Track Judge||Book now|
|Saturday 8 February||Caistor Sports & Social Club, Caistor||Risk Awareness||Book now|
|Saturday 8 February||Caistor Sports & Social Club, Caistor||Endurance Official||Book now|
|Sunday 9 February||Mile End Stadium, London E14||Field Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 9 February||Mile End Stadium, London E14||Starter||Book now|
|Sunday 16 February||Mile End Stadium, London E14||Timekeeper||Book now|
|Sunday 23 February||Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton||Field Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 23 February||Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton||Starter||Book now|
|Sunday 23 February||Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton||Timekeeper||Book now|
|Sunday 23 February||Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool||Risk Awareness||Book now|
|Sunday 23 February||Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool||Endurance Official||Book now|
|Saturday 29 February||Manx Harriers Clubhouse, Isle of Man||Risk Awareness||Book now|
|Saturday 29 February||Manx Harriers Clubhouse, Isle of Man||Endurance Official||Book now|
|Saturday 29 February||Queens Sport Centre, Godalming||Track Judge||Book now|
|Saturday 29 February||Queens Sport Centre, Godalming||Photofinish||Book now|
|Saturday 29 February||Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool||Risk Awareness||Book now|
|Sunday 1 March||Queens Sport Centre, Godalming||Field Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 1 March||Queens Sport Centre, Godalming||Starter||Book now|
|Sunday 1 March||Queens Sport Centre, Godalming||Timekeeper||Book now|
|Sunday 8 March||Marshall Milton Keynes AC||Track Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 8 March||Marshall Milton Keynes AC||Field Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 8 March||Marshall Milton Keynes AC||Timekeeper||Book now|
|Sunday 8 March||Blackburn Harriers AC||Track Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 8 March||Blackburn Harriers AC||Field Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 8 March||Blackburn Harriers AC||Timekeeper||Book now|
|Sunday 8 March||Chelmsford AC Clubhouse, Essex||Timekeeper||Book now|
|Sunday 8 March||Chelmsford AC Clubhouse, Essex||Field Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 8 March||Chelmsford AC Clubhouse, Essex||Track Judge||Book now|
|Saturday 21 March||Laurence Jackson School, Guisborough||Field Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 10 May||Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool||Timekeeper||Book now|
|Sunday 10 May||Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool||Field Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 10 May||Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool||Track Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 10 May||Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool||Starter||Book now|
To book on a course, click on the button below and use the search function to find your preferred level 1 qualification.
If there isn’t a course in your area, please complete the expression of interest form below:
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.
If you are interested in taking part in any of the events listed below, please get in touch with the relevant County Officials’ Secretary (click here for a list). For Sportshall events you should contact Adam Burgess, firstname.lastname@example.org. Note Sportshall events start at 12.30pm unless stated.
|Thu 16 Jan||Gateshead Harriers Open Series||Gateshead||North East|
|Sat 18 – Sun 19 Jan||London U20 / Senior Games||Lee Valley||Middlesex|
|Sat 18 – Sun 19 Jan||Midland Counties Open Series||Birmingham||Warwickshire and Birmingham|
|Sun 19 Jan||Sportshall: East Combined Regional Final||Uni of Essex, Colchester||Essex|
|Wed 22 Jan||BMC Sheffield Open Series||Sheffield||South Yorkshire|
|Sat 25 – Sun 26 Jan||London U13 / U15 / U17 Games||Lee Valley||Middlesex|
|Sat 25 Jan||North East Youth Open||Gateshead||North East|
|Sun 26 Jan||Festival Indoor Open||Sheffield||South Yorkshire|
|Sun 26 Jan||Sportshall: South West Fun in Athletics Regional Final||Wellsway, Bristol||Avon|
|Sun 26 Jan||Sale Harriers Open Series||Sportcity||Greater Manchester|
|Wed 29 Jan||Ayo Falola Dream Mile / 3000m Open||Lee Valley||Middlesex|
|Wed 29 Jan||BMC Lee Valley Open||Lee Valley||Middlesex|
|Wed 29 Jan||London Universities & Colleges LUCA Championships||Lee Valley||Middlesex|
|Sat 1 – Sun 2 Feb||South of England AA U20 / Senior Championships||Lee Valley||Middlesex|
|Sun 2 Feb||BMC Sheffield Open Series||Sheffield||South Yorkshire|
|Sun 2 Feb||Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC Winter Series||Eton||Berkshire|
|Thu 6 Feb||Gateshead Harriers Open Series||Gateshead||North East|
|Sat 8 Feb||Sportshall: North East Combined Regional Final||Temple Park LC||North East|
|Sat 8 – Sun 9 Feb||Essex County & Eastern AA Championships||Lee Valley||Middlesex|
|Sun 9 Feb||South Yorkshire Open Series||Sheffield||South Yorkshire|
|Sat 15 – Sun 16 Feb||Surrey & Sussex County Championships||Carshalton||Greater London|
|Sun 16 Feb||Sportshall: North West Combined Regional Final||Sportcity||Manchester|
|Wed 19 Feb||BMC Lee Valley Open||Lee Valley||Middlesex|
|Wed 19 Feb||Lee Valley Middle Distance Open||Lee Valley||Middlesex|
|Sun 23 Feb||Sale Harriers Open Series||Sportcity||Greater Manchester|
|Sun 1 Mar||Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC Winter Series||Eton||Berkshire|
|Sun 1 Mar||Sportshall: West Midlands Fun in Athletics Regional Final (10.30am)||North Solihull LC||Warwickshire and Birmingham|
|Sun 1 Mar||Sportshall: Yorkshire Combined Regional Final||North Bridge LC|
|Sun 1 Mar||Sportshall: West Midlands Regional Final (2.30pm)||North Solihull LC||Warwickshire and Birmingham|
|Thu 12 Mar||Gateshead Harriers Open Series||Gateshead||North East|
|Sun 15 Mar||Sale Harriers Open Series||Sportcity||Greater Manchester|
|Sun 15 Mar||Sportshall: East Midlands Combined Regional Final||Grantham Meres||Lincolnshire|
|Sat 21 Mar||Sportshall: South West Combined Regional Final||Torbay LC||Devon|
|Sat 21 Mar||Lee Valley Minithon||Lee Valley||Middlesex|
|Sun 22 Mar||Sportshall: South East Regional Final (2.30pm)||The Triangle LC||Sussex|
|Sun 22 Mar||Sportshall: South East Fun in Athletics Regional Final (10.30am)||The Triangle LC||Sussex|
|Sat 28 – Sun 29 Mar||Midland Counties Championships and Open||Birmingham||Warwickshire and Birmingham|
|Sun 29 Mar||Lee Valley U13 / U15 Pentathlon & Open||Lee Valley||Middlesex|
|Sun 29 Mar||South Yorkshire Open Series||Sheffield||South Yorkshire|
|Sat 18th Apr||Sportshall Final||Sheffield||South Yorkshire|
To have a valid Officials’ licence, you need to have a current DBS check, which should be renewed every three years.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.