Many people were on top of the world last weekend as they ventured into the scenic hills.
The Boru 3 Peaks Challenge took place in the surrounds of the picturesque counties of Clare and Tipperary, where climbers scaled Moylussa (532m), Tountinna (457m) and Keeper Hill (649m).
Moylussa is the highest point in Co Clare, while Keeper Hill is the highest in the Shannon area.
The second year of this unique and challenging charity run and walking event saw more than 200 hillrunners and walkers make their way up the three peaks.
Eighty-six people showed up for peak one, Moylussa, on Saturday morning; 75 people for peak two, Tountinna, on Saturday evening; and 60 people for peak three, Keeper Hill on Sunday.
Crowned King of the Peaks 2013 was Michael Cunningham from Limerick, who had a cumulative time for running the three peaks of 2:22.44 for 21 miles in total on the challenging mountain trails.
"The level of competition was great and really pushed me every step of the way to win the title," said winner Cunningham.
Retaining her title and holding on to the Elaine Fagan perpetual trophy for another year was Loretto Duggan from Clare in a time of 3:06.59, who was crowned Queen of the Peaks 2013.
"It's an honour to retain the title with the other ladies really hot on my tail, and it took every ounce of strength to re-win this title. It's a challenge indeed," said Duggan.
This year, proceeds of €5,000 went towards the Mid West Cancer Foundation and St Anne's Community College Astro Turf fund in Killaloe.
"We would like to thank all our sponsors and marshals. It would be great to see more local people taking up the challenge and meet the wonderful people who travel from all over the country and UK and America to enjoy these Boru three peaks," chairperson Orla Foley said.
You can enter one, two or all three events in the annual hiking event, and it is open to everyone from the speediest hillrunner to the casual walker.
Next year, the challenge takes place on the weekend of October 11 and 12. See www.boru3peaks.com/ie for more information.