TARA Bird finished a respectable sixth in the On Camp with Kelly invitation 800m race at the Aviva London Grand Prix on Saturday.
Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes's mentoring initiative for talented young middle distance athletes saw seven of her young hopefuls take part at Crystal Palace.
However, the race was won by guest Vicky Griffiths (Liverpool Harriers) in an excellent 2:01.98, with Bird back in sixth in 2:03.84.
But despite not finishing on the podium, Bird insist she's going in the right direction.
She said: "I decided not to go with the early pace and to finish strong, which I did. I didn't run a personal best but it is an improvement on my last two races.
"It was a good opportunity to race in front of a big crowd and be competitive."