TV star pops into Hutchesons’ Grammar for a wee chat!

Clare Balding meets Hutchesons' Grammar pupils
Clare Balding meets Hutchesons' Grammar pupils

TV presenter Clare Balding popped into Hutchesons’ Grammar School on Monday to tell the pupils all about her first children’s novel – The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop.

BBC sports presenter Clare, who was in Glasgow for the 2016 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, took time out of her busy schedule to visit the School and talk about her new book which features a racehorse.

Race-horsing is certainly something Clare knows a lot about. Before becoming a TV presenter, she was a very successful jockey and was Champion Lady Rider in 1990. Her memoir My Animals and Other Family documents her life growing up in a racing yard. and it won the National Book Awards “Autobiography of the Year” in 2012.

Indeed, her TV debut came in 1995 when she presented the highlights of Royal Ascot and she has gone on to present live from many high profile sporting events including six Olympic games.

Clare spent the morning talking about the characters in her book, signing copies of it and even helped the pupils create horses’ heads.

She said: ““I really enjoyed my visit, especially hearing questions from so many enthusiastic readers. You clearly have a lot of engaged and creative pupils and it was lovely to meet them.”

Clare was a big hit with the pupils who really enjoyed her visit. P6 pupil Emily McCracken said: “She was really funny and told us to never give up. I thought that Clare was really good and her book seems brilliant!”

Classmate Cameron Anderson added: “She was really nice and she told us all about all of the events she has presented on. She also signed all of our books and our horses’ heads. She even pretended to re-invent the Brownlee Brothers triathlon. I am really looking forward to reading the book.”

Hutchesons’ Rector, Colin Gambles, said: “Clare was as lovely in person as on TV; she has a wonderful way of bringing in her friendships with Olympic athletes and their inspirational messages for us all. The talk happily finished with the P4 children all finding out their own racehorse name.”