Ex-Owls star in the swim for double celebration

lee bullen (centre) with swimathon four, from left, Gary Devonport, Simon Haigh, Matthew Fish and Dominic Bottomley

lee bullen (centre) with swimathon four, from left, Gary Devonport, Simon Haigh, Matthew Fish and Dominic Bottomley

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It was a good weekend all round for Lee Bullen and Michael Johnson.

The two former Owls favourites gave their support in a Ponds Forge charity swimathon and then had the satisfaction of toasting victory in the Steel City derby.

South Yorkshire fireman and former soldier Gary Davenport, plus Dom Bottomley, Simon Haigh and Matthew Fish completed their 24-miles-in-24-hours target and in the end swam just over 30 miles (1,000 lengths).

Referee Uriah Rennie, former Castleford and England rugby league player Darren Rogers plus Nicky and Steph from TV’s Take Me Out also got in on the act.

“I’d like to thank all the celebrities who gave up their time; everyone who came to support us and the staff at Ponds Forge, who were brilliant,” said Gary.

All money raised will go to The Soldiers Charity, which helps current and former servicemen and their families.

People can still donate, search for Swim for Soldiers on facebook or visit www.justgiving.com/swimforsoldiers