Train as an official and help your club!

Courses for level 1 endurance, track judge, field judge and timekeeping available for booking.

How do I become an official?

To become an official you have to do a half-day training course to learn the basics of timekeeping or judging, and then follow that up by logging some practical experience at races or meetings to gain a license. The club pays for the course plus any travel expenses (within normal policy).

What kinds of official are there?

  • Timekeeper - the people with the stopwatch who record your times in road or track races
  • Track judge - the people who record finishing times in road or track races, and are resonsible for everything else on the track in an athletics meeting such as hurdle height & positions, relay takeovers etc.
  • Field judge - those who organise, measure and record field events such as high jump, discus etc.
  • Starter/marksman - they organise the start, lane assignments etc. and/or fire the gun
  • Endurance (road race) & risk awareness - they organise road races and take responsibility for things specific to events on the road such as traffic management and spectator safety. Note: this discipline requires more course work and more practical experience.

You can find out more on the England Atlhetics website.

Serpentine needs more of all of the above so we can hold our own races and take part in leagues. Please consider doing one of the courses below and the club will help you get the experience to gain a license over the next 12 months (most experience is gained at athletics meetings so can't be gained until next season).


1st October 2016

Linford Christie Stadium, Du Cane Rd, London, W12 0DF


Full day

Level 1 Endurance & Risk Awareness

Cost: £30

30th October 2016

Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, Hendon, London, NW4 1RL



Level 1 H&S



Level 1 Field Judge



Level 1 Track Judge



Level 1 Timekeeper

Cost: H&S standalone is £10 / H&S and a discipline is £30.

If you'd like to find out more, please get in touch with me for more details:

To book onto these courses please see the England Athletics courses and bookings page for the application form. Please let me know if you book onto a course. Once you've attended, submit a claim to the club with a copy of your attendance record using the standard form ( and the club will reimburse you for the cost of the course.

Submitted: 9 September 2016