Oh, I'm so glad I have no more sports days to attend!!
My dd's old primary had them and they were competitive (hurray for common sense, we were even allowed to video the school Christmas play
) and points were awarded in descending order for each 'race'.
Races were held against your own year group and some did include jumping through hoops, but there were also long distance races, which I thought was a great mix for those who could run and for those who couldn't too.
Anyway, each year was more a social gathering for me than anything else as every year was much of a muchness, until the final year when my dd was head girl
and her team won sports day for which a cup was awarded, it was a brilliant day and one I'll remember for a long, long time. (I managed to get accompanying photos of the moment the cup was handed over and all the raa raaahing too