The Mo Sisters running the London Landmarks Half MarathonImage by: Robin Boot Photography
25 March 2022

Meet the Mo Sisters supporting each other after suicide and fundraising for Movember

Mo Sister
Katy Martins
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Katy Martins explains why she’s running the London Landmarks Half Marathon on the 3rd April for Movember with a group of women who have all lost loved ones to suicide

"When I lace up my trainers on Sunday morning to take part in the London Landmarks Half Marathon, I’ll be thinking of my dad Jim.

I used to run quite a lot with my dad. I lost him to suicide in 2008 when I was 12 years old and ever since, I’ve used running as a coping mechanism - both to deal with my grief and to feel close to him.

Before dad got sick, he was the life and soul of the party. He was always the first one on the dance floor and the last one to leave.

I remember being told when I was 10 that my dad ‘wasn’t very well’. Although he had a successful career as a chartered surveyor, he gradually found less and less enjoyment in his work and eventually fell into a deep depression.

Losing my dad inspired me to study psychology when I graduated from school. I wanted to understand what it was dad was going through and to try and help others who are suffering.

The suicide rate in men in the UK is alarmingly high – three out of four suicides are men, and it remains the biggest cause of death for men under the age of 44.

That’s why I’ve signed up for the London Landmarks Half Marathon this year. It’s such an important cause to run for the men in our lives and to make sure we’re amplifying the voices of men who often go unheard.

Despite there being more awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health, a recent research report by Movember revealed that nearly half (44 per cent) of young men believe society negatively views men who openly talk about their worries and problems.

It’s common for women to talk about our feelings if we’re going through a bad time, but for a long time men have been told not to admit when they’re struggling.

We’re trying to break down that stigma and if we can show them, ‘Look we’re here to support you’ and help to guide them through, it can be transformational.

Movember is working towards a world where men of all ages understand what mental health is, what they need to do to manage their wellbeing and feel comfortable asking for support when they need it.

" When I was younger, I didn’t know anyone who had lost someone to suicide, and it can be a really lonely place – so it was a comfort to run alongside them. "

Movember is tackling the crisis by investing in men’s mental health projects and developing digital tools such as Movember Conversations that give guidance on how to support a man in your life.

On the day of the race, I’ll be joined by six ‘Mo Sisters’ who will all be running in memory of fathers and brothers lost to suicide and raise funds for Movember.

We all met for the first time three weeks ago on a training run. Georgie Padley and Shanice Farrell both lost their dads to suicide. It was helpful to meet other women who had experienced the same loss as I have.

When I was younger, I didn’t know anyone who had lost someone to suicide, and it can be a really lonely place – so it was a comfort to run alongside them.

There’s a sense of them knowing what you’ve gone through – like an energy between us, and an understanding of one another that’s quite special. Hopefully we can run together on the day.

It was always dad and my dream to run the London Marathon together – so this year I’ll be running both the London Landmarks Half Marathon and the London Marathon for dad - and for me."

London Landmarks Half Marathon is founded and run by baby charity Tommy’s. Over 200 other charity partners are involved in the race taking in all the landmarks across both Westminster and City of London.

To support Movember’s London Landmark’s Half Marathon team visit or to find out more about Movember’s work in mental health visit