The venue for this weekend's British Senior Track Championship was the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, and it was a big step up for FWCC/Sprockets Cycles female star Zoe Watters. Some of the best riders in the country also happen to be some of the best riders in the world, and Zoe lined up alongside them for the first heat of the forty lap scratch race. With a field of Olympic, Commonwealth and World Champions on show the heats were really going to be Zoe's finals, with qualification her big target. A fast pace from the start suited Zoe and she was mixing well with the other riders in the bunch, trying to save herself for the sprint. In this race the first twelve riders across the line would qualify, and there were twenty four in each heat. Early breaks were caught but as the pace quickened, with riders being shelled out the back, Zoe maintained her focus and hung in. With six laps to go Zoe knew her track position was critical for the sprint, and had to use her elbows a few times to hold firm on her racing line. When the sprint came she moved forward. Other riders were pinging backwards, unable to keep up, but Zoe crossed the line with the bunch, qualifying in eleventh position behind the likes of Katie Archibald, Megan Barker, Rhona Callander, Manon Loyd and Jess Roberts. In the evening it was back to the track for the finals in front of a sell-out crowd. The atmosphere was electric but for Zoe there was no real expectation. This was all about trying to enjoy the race, and once again she made the most of it. Mixing with the bunch again, helping to bring back early attacks, worked well until Olympic Champion Katie Archibald launched a full-on attempt at gaining a lap as the rest watched her go. After another four laps, when Katie had only fifty metres to close, quadruple Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny (nee Trott) lit up the bunch with an explosive attack, stretching the riders out and forcing the following Katie to work for another three laps before catching her with another half dozen elite riders. Local rider Zoe was there throughout, even though half a dozen riders had retired or been pulled from the race. With just eight of forty laps to go Zoe fought to cling on but was eventually pulled, just as Scottish record holder and European Championship medallist Jenny Holl stretched out half a lap on the field. With only two laps to go Katie Archibald charged and as Laura Kenny jumped on her wheel a furious chase ensued. With a deafening roar from the capacity crowd, Laura took the win by inches from Elinor Barker with Katie a very close third. A fantastic race in which first-timer Zoe was very much a part. Fullarton Wheelers are incredibly proud.