In September 2006, she formalised her relationship with the BBC Radio 4 continuity announcer and newsreader Alice Arnold by entering into a civil partnership. They live in Chiswick, London.
In July 2010, Balding made a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission over an article by writer A A Gill in The Sunday Times that she felt had mocked her sexuality and appearance and for which the newspaper refused to apologise. The PCC found in her favour, judging that A A Gill had "refer[red] to the complainant's sexuality in a demeaning and gratuitous way".
Balding was the Royal Television Society's "Sports Presenter of the Year" in 2003. In the same year, she won the "Racing Journalist of the Year Award" and has followed up with the award for "Racing Broadcaster of the Year". Balding has written regular columns for The Observer, the Evening Standard and The Sporting Life.
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/30/clare-balding-lesbian-complaint-gil Caroline Davies "Clare Balding complains to press watchdog over 'dyke' jibe", The Guardian, 30 July 2010