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Today's Date: 23 September 2019
Surrey County Officials Secretary:
Mark Purser



The County Officials Secretary for Surrey is now Mark Purser: please address any general questions about officiating at County Track &  Field competitions or local implementation of UKA/EA policy to Mark using the above email address. Mark is supported on matters relating to Officials Education by Margaret Nelson.

David Clarke ( continues as Endurance Officials Secretary and questions relating to officiating at Surrey County Cross-Country or Road Racing events should be directed to David.

Questions regarding specific upcoming Surrey County meetings to the Assistant Meeting Manager (Officials) listed below. Questions regarding Officials Courses, applications for Officials licences/upgrading or Officials Education generally should be directed to Margaret Nelson at

To see the updated Officials Pathway per the  UKA website please click Officials Pathway
(this now reflects the new requirements for Level 2 Track & Field Disciplines).


The first version of Summer 2019 appointments for SCAA meetings is shown via the links below (one for each meeting):-

Disability Championships Main Track & Field Championships Masters Championships with Sussex
Derek Crookes U13 Inter-Counties Combined Events, Walks, Steeplechase and Relays Road Relays

These details will be updated regularly here over the coming months, so please check them from time to time.

 The SCAA Officials Sub-Committee have appointed specific Assistant Meeting Managers for each event, who will handle communication with officials in the 2-3 weeks prior to each of the above meetings. Those are:

Disability Championships at Weir Archer Athletics & Fitness Centre (Kingsmeadow) – 6th/7th April: Peter Shilling

Main Track & Field Championships at Weir Archer Athletics & Fitness Centre – 12th/13th May: Peter Howes

Masters Championships with Sussex at Weir Archer Athletics & Fitness Centre (note change of venue from prior years) – 3rd June: Peter Shilling

Derek Crookes Meeting at Weir Archer Athletics & Fitness Centre – 28th July: Peter Crawshaw

Combined Events, Walks, Steeplechase & Relays at David Weir Leisure Centre (Sutton) – 7th/8th September: Mark Purser

Road Relays at Wimbledon Park – 14th September: David Clarke

If officials have questions regarding a specific meeting, they should, with effect from 30th April, address those to the specific Assistant Meeting Manager shown above, not to the SCAA Officials Secretary (unless they are also the Assistant Meeting Manager for the meeting concerned).

David Clarke will, as SCAA Endurance Officials Secretary , be dealing with not only the Road Relays but also Cross-Country events in autumn/winter 2019/20.

Officials’ details for the Surrey Schools Championships and other Schools events in which Surrey are participating will again be communicated via the Surrey Schools Officials Secretary, Ian Crouch ( For those Surrey officials who have indicated that they are available for the Inter-Counties meetings in Ashford on 14th July or Chelmsford on 21st July they will be contacted directly by the Officials Secretary for Essex or Kent respectively.

Full instructions, including meeting timetables, will be sent to officials closer to the date of each meeting by each Assistant Meeting Manager as shown above.

The ongoing support of all officials / volunteers in Surrey is greatly appreciated.


With the commencement of the summer Track & Field season (with all week-ends taken up with competitions), there are generally not many courses arranged by SCAA during the summer months. However, EA are arranging a number of courses during this summer as part of a drive to increase officiating resources throughout the country. This has been facilitated by the implementation of an online Health & Safety course, which thus will reduce time spent in the classroom. Details of the H&S course are at Details of Level 1 Officials Courses can be seen and booked online at Those include a course at Wimbledon College on Saturday 20th July.

Details of the process for attaining a Level 1 licence can be viewed at

Officials are reminded that the new UKA Rule Book came into force as at 1st April 2018. The UKA website has via that link included from mid-March a summary of the main Rule changes and the full text of the new Rule Book is downloadable there as a PDF from early April. The UKA website also has details of where hard copies can be purchased.

Margaret Nelson will be delighted to hear from - and assist - any Surrey based clubs who are interested in arranging either Assistant Official or Level 1 courses


Anyone who is trying to run an athletics club or organise an athletics meeting needs officials.

The duties are varied and interesting and you would not be expected to work alone but as part of a team being guided by experienced officials.

Courses are available for anyone interested in becoming an official. The UKA courses are run in the various regions by England Athletics and cover both the basics of officiating – Assistant Official - through to Level 1 officiating as a Field or Track Judge, Timekeeper or Starter/Starter’s Assistant. The courses generally last for about four hours and can be split into two 2 hour sessions if appropriate. There is a small charge for each course.

Most people interested in becoming an official do so by joining their local athletic club who may fund their training programme.

Full details of training courses available and venues appear on the England Athletic website or alternatively please contact the Surrey Officials Secretary details above.

Surrey Officials Committee
Chairman David Clarke
Secretary Mark Purser
Peter Howes
David Clarke
Committee Barbara Abbott, Donna Barrington-Smith,
  Brenda Ford, Margaret Nelson,
  Caroline Powell, Peter Shilling.

Dates of future Officials Committee Meetings:-

Thursday 13th June at Morden.


England Athletics Officials Courses: South East Area, London Area

UKA Officials Courses: Level 4

South of England Officials Association

Officials Course / Licence Application Form (updated 26 October 2018)


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