A TEENAGER has conquered a gruelling mountain challenge in a bid to raise money for good causes.

Herefordshire teen Billie Jean Coultas took part in the Big Black Mountains Challenge last month.

Starting and finishing at Llanthony Priory, the event offers participants a choice of three testing routes of 50 km, 32 km and 17 km, taking in 15 summits over 660m around the breathtaking scenery of the Black Mountains.

The determined 16-year-old opted for the longest route, setting off at 7.15am to successfully tackle 50km of mountainous paths in just over 14 hours.

Billie Jean's walk raised money for both Longtown Mountain Rescue, a vital charity service run and staffed solely by volunteers, and mental health support charity, Herefordshire Mind.