A TEENAGER has set herself a challenge of running 10km a day for 12 days in a bit to raise cash for the charity Mind – all while also revising for her upcoming A-levels.

Mia Oldroyd, a Year 13 student at Richmond Sixth Form, will be sitting her A-levels in May, yet alongside dedicating hours of studying for her exams took on a demanding running challenge.

Mia, 17, chose mental health charity Mind because she is personally very aware of the positive impact regular exercise has on emotional wellbeing. After a very low two years in her life, due to unforeseen circumstances, Mia decided to take control of the way she felt by pushing herself with schoolwork and fitness to feel her best.

Mia trains five to six times per week and has found it is a kind of therapy – a de-stressing and giving her self-control and confidence. It has also been the catalyst for changes in ambitions academically. She was targeted CCC in her A-levels but has recently achieved incredible results of AAA* in her pre-public exams and has a place at the University of Nottingham to study Cognitive Neruroscience.

She said: “Although I am relatively fit, the thought of running 10k each day terrified me, especially fitting it in alongside my revision. It is my least favourite training, so I really challenged myself mentally as I was very much out of my comfort zone.

"I hope to influence young girls, in particular, that they should exercise to feel good for themselves and not because they feel pressurised to look a certain way by societal standards. I have raised £275 so far and hope this will increase with more donations.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mia-oldroyd.