Is that who I think it is?
Yes, Clare Balding OBE lives in Chiswick with her wife, former Radio 4 news reader Alice Arnold. Clare made her career as a sports presenter with the BBC, starting as a sports journalist on Radio 5 Live and as a racing presenter. She reported on several Olympics and Paralympics before becoming one the BBC’s main presenters and she has also presented Rubgy League and the Wimbledon Championships for the BBC.
She does racing for Channel 4, her own show on BT Sport and Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2. She also presents big set piece outside broadcasts for the BBC such as the Lord Mayor’s Show and the Trooping of the Colour.
She has written about her upbringing in her highly successful autobiography My Animals and Other Family, in which she described growing up around a racing stables. Her father Ian Balding trained Mill Reef, the 1971 winner of the Derby, Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. She also writes children’s books, including The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, The Racehorse Who Disappeared and The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog.
Clare has appeared at the Chiswick Book Festival, given a talk for the RNLI in Chiswick and been a judge at the Chiswick House Dog Show. She is also a big supporter of the yearly free sport event on Turnham Green, Super Saturday of Sport and has opened the event several years running.
Clare Balding spoke to Nick Raikes at Super Saturday of Sport in 2016 about the importance of encouraging people to have a go at sport.