More than 3,000 runners braved the rain to complete the 28th annual Oxford Town and Gown fun run yesterday.

The 10km run, in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, began in St Cross Road, near University Parks, at 10am.

The course passed colleges Brasenose, Balliol, Trinity, Wadham, Keble and Mansfield and the quickest runners completed it in just over half an hour.

Londoner Orlando Edwards, 33, raced to the finish line ahead of everyone else in 32 minutes and 34 seconds. He pipped his friend Stephen Kimber to the post by just nine seconds.

He said: “It went well, I finished where I wanted to finish, I ran the same race last year and won it so it was nice to come back and defend my title.”

Graham Breen took third place, finishing in 32 minutes 55 seconds.

Jane Preen was the first woman to cross the finish line in 37 minutes 18 seconds, followed by Jackie Copitch and Liz Grolimund.

Organisers hope the event will raise £50,000 for the charity.